Sunday, November 09, 2008
Okay to Keep Investing
I spent most of Saturday on the road driving to and from a speaking engagement. I’ve had the privilege of spending days like that over and over again the last dozen years or so. I’ve been to a lot of places and stood in front of a lot of groups.
There are times I know absolutely nobody at the place at which I am supposed to speak. I have a name written on a piece of paper and when I arrive I ask someone to point me to that person so I can introduce myself. Usually that person is not difficult to find because they are standing out front pacing and looking at their watch and hoping I show up.
Many times I know at least a few people who will be in the audience. Every now and then when I am speaking close to home, I know most everybody.
But there has never been anybody who knows me better or is more familiar to me than the two Whatley sisters who were in the audience yesterday in Palmetto, GA.
We grew up across the street from each other in Reynolds, GA. Our parents were best friends and naturally we became best friends. We played together as little kids. Although miles have always separated us, we have stayed in touch throughout the years.
And we share a ton of memories.
When I use stories of my parents to motivate and inspire others, most people listening can only imagine what I’m talking about and who I’m talking about. Debbie and Donna knew them as well as I knew them. And they know all the stories.
In a time when retirement accounts are dwindling and financial uncertainty covers us all like a dark cloud, there are a few assets that continue to grow.
I was reminded yesterday that lifelong friendships that keep growing and growing are worth far more than anything money can buy.
And it's still okay to keep investing in them.