Monday, May 2, 2011

“You Can’t Take It With You, But You Can Send It On Ahead”

So what does your investment portfolio look like. Do you have your money in IRAs or mutual funds? Is your capital diversified like it should be? We all worry about the future and what’s going to happen to us when we get old. Can I retire comfortably? Can I retire at all? All of these questions are important but I wonder if that’s the only question we should be asking ourselves.

Two things are for sure, we are all going to die someday and no one knows when it’s going to happen. What if we spend our lives slaving away at our 60 hour a week careers only to find the gold at the end of the rainbow has turned to lead. We spend hours, days and weeks away from our families so we can retire but what if we never get there, what have we lost?

If we spend our lives hunched over staring at the ground looking for every penny we might pass, we miss life. If we hoard every dime and hide every dollar, we die with every last cent tucked safely in our pockets to rot in the ground along with our bodies and souls.

Too Heavy? Maybe, but it’s the truth. No matter how much money we have or accumulate, it will only serve us while our bodies do. When were in the grave money is as worthless as the ground were buried in. True value in life is found in god, in family, in our generosity to others and in their generosity to us. Invest heavily in those things and they will yield long term dividends more valuable than all the cash or gold in the world.

Have you found yourself driving hard to that finish line. Always reaching for that extra something only to find it just isn’t quite enough. I know I have, and I pay for it every time I do. What has blinded you, what have you done to take those blinders off, or maybe, what do you plan to do?


  1. Every day, here and now, the choices are made. The power of happiness lies in being aware of those choices, to make them in the present, and live the next moment to the fullest extent of that just made choice.

    If you choose, you are in control. If someone else does, you are at their whim.