THREE GREATEST INVESTMENTS OF ALL TIME
Well we are headed into my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler and I love the fall sports and school activities. There is nothing like sitting in a stadium and watching football or attending a school fall play as big or little ones express their creative sides. The last few years have been tough on America and the world. We have seen turmoil in the markets, neighbors who have lost homes and jobs and relationships break apart under the weight of the changing family financial wellbeing. So while my joy is complete in the one I believe in, I would be remiss if I did not share the 3 greatest investments of all time.
The first is your neighbor! Take a few minutes and get out and speak with the people who live around you and work with you – and in many cases, are in need of a kind word. The days get shorter and the nights get longer, and it is shown that people go through some emotional changes during the fall and holiday seasons. You may even be someone in need of a positive relationship in your life. You can build up yourself by building up others. Bake some cookies for a neighbor, go over and help with the yard, fix an extra cup of coffee and knock on a door. Grab someone and take them to lunch. Look around your neighborhood, and visit someone who is shut in, or watch neighbors kids for a few hours and give a couple some alone time.
You may know someone who lost a job, maybe even someone at your place of employment. Do not avoid them, but rather reach out to them. Let them know that the job may have changed things but it did not change them and it did not change you. So visit, offer some help and often we can make the biggest investment by just listening. It costs nothing but it sure does offer some great returns.
Secondly, you can improve the world around you. This may sound like a daunting task, however we know that a good word and a kind act spreads joy. Look beyond your immediate surroundings and think about our military serving around the world and write a soldier a letter of thanks. What about the challenges in the Mideast and Europe? Crazy times require more than mere mankind can solve. So take time to remember those less fortunate the next time you are in prayer. Become informed about what is happening in America and with our global neighbors. Informed people can make better choices as a people when we understand what is really going on with people! If your company has a charitable program, get them to contribute to local and global charities. Feed the poor, medicate the sick and house the homeless. It all starts one person at a time doing one act at a time. Invest in the world around you and watch how the seeds you sow return to you 1000 fold. I have found when I tend to care about someone else and lift them up in prayer, my world seems a little lighter and a whole lot brighter!
Now the third investment is to invest in you. Take the early nights and cooler days to rest, or enjoy a book. Decide this fall season to adjust your life so you can work on your body, mind and spirit. Challenge your mind to learn something new, find or resurrect a hobby and get active again. Throw out some old clothes and donate them to Good Will or other organizations. Have a garage sale and treat you or the family to something special with the proceeds. Start each day with a boost by putting on your best look. These days can already be getting grey, but you can change every picture by dressing with some color. I always smile more when I am dressed in vivid colors or have on my favorite outfit. Decide to learn a new language or brush up on life away from the normal by visiting an art gallery or museum. Change your environment and you can change your attitude.
The three greatest investments in the world are your neighbors, your world and yourself. Fall is here, the weather is changing and this world needs more smiles, more caring neighbors and the bright colors fashion has to offer to make it a better place. You can feel great each night when you close your eyes, knowing you made a difference. What a great way to go to sleep, knowing the world is a better place today because you planted some seeds that will improve it tomorrow. Now read on and see how I can help you invest in you and give to charity at the same time. Fashion and fall are a great time to break out some amazing outfits, colors, scarves, jackets and more. Clean out your closets, give away some clothes that do not work for you but may work for someone else. You can warm your body and your heart by warming someone else’s.
I look forward to hearing from you and getting your response to my blogs, invitations to special events and overall comments. May we focus on the eternal and bring added joy this fall season this world.
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