Whether or not we enjoy retirement savings, a home or other forms of material wealth, we are investors. We participate in large-scale ventures that promise change or eventual reward: Our nation has invested in the existence of Ukraine. Our taxes are an investment that comes back as necessary governmental services for all of us. We contribute to charities and organizations trying to improve the lives of others.
Right now, the foundations of financial investments don’t seem to be very solid. The threat of a recession is on the horizon as national and personal fortunes dwindle in size. The income disparity between the super-rich and the super-poor has remained stubbornly large. Investors are growing worried as their presumed net worth shrinks. For too many, it’s hard just to get by.
In the tumult of decreasing financial fortunes, it’s possible to overlook the investments we make in people. Think about our tangible contributions to the well-being of our children. To our churches. How about the energy we’ve devoted to developing the capabilities of colleagues. The hours we’ve devoted to being a mentor, neighbor or teacher? The quiet care we’ve offered to friends in difficult circumstances.
Perhaps we’ve lived long enough to see how these personal investments have increased in value. Our children have grown into admirable adults. Our former workplaces are now guided by leaders for whom we were examples, or even heroes. Our friends are doing well again.
The investments we’ve made in others have likely added to the overall health of society. We’ve passed along our deep reserves of wisdom and kindness, which will continue to increase in value. Our personal investments? They’re still there, strongly evident in the lives of others.
That net worth is still growing….
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