One of the more foolhardy things I’ve done in life was riding my bicycle down a treacherous slope straight into a canal. Fortunately I got out of the water, as did the bike, but it was a hairy moment.
This was in my twenties, which must be the time for unwise actions, as it was in the same decade that I stuck every penny of the hard-saved deposit for my first house in a risky short-term investment. Fortunately the gods were smiling on me once again as I got back substantially more than I’d put in, right when I needed it. But unless you have a cast-iron constitution and nerves of steel, I wouldn’t recommend this as a wise financial strategy, to be honest.
In the years which followed, I certainly can’t claim to have been much of an investor, preferring to spend my time creating (or at least trying to create) value rather than tending and growing it. But I do at least know enough about investment to understand that those who make the best fist of it are those who devote proper time and focus.
It’s not all about money though. Investments can be made in other aspects of our lives, and here I’m thinking specifically about the time, effort and energy we may or may not choose to put into nurturing our key relationships.
Relationships are oh-so important, but without proper care and attention they can veer off-course, a little or a lot.
Good relationships enable people to thrive and grow, which is something we surely all want. They can also keep us afloat when we’re sailing through choppy seas.
Just as love generally flows back to those who love, support often comes most dependably from those we ourselves support.
So who are the most important people in your life? Is one more significant than the others?
How are you supporting these crucial individuals? How are you helping them?
What single big-hearted, generous and selfless action could you take today in order to bring you closer to them?
And what’s stopping you?