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The Strongest Person I Know

The strongest person I know is a small woman who comes up to my chin.  Strange, right?

But her strength has been proven over and over again through experiences that have broken others.  Just go through the list that she has shared publicly in the past year.

-She comes from divorced parents

-1/3 Cherokee, but pale as a sheet in Louisiana, she has had guns pointed at her for being white in the wrong neighborhoods.

-She was raped at sixteen

-As a result, she has been diagnosed with PTSD

-She moved to Ohio, taking only what she could pack as carry-on.

-She has been stalked, harassed, and is currently pressing charges against someone who attempted to assualt her.

-She is a freelance designer who is on foodstamps, when Job and Family isn’t making errors on her case (being on stamps myself, let me tell you, this happens all the time)

-She is a recent college grad whose degree may be held because of problems with financial aid.\

-She is a single mother

Not only has she survived all of this and more, she has thrived.

Now, she faces an overwhelming amount of problems.  Normally, she just discounts her commissions to obtain more paid work, but that isn’t going to cut it this time.

For more information, and to help her out, go to http://www.gofundme.com/piperneedshelp .

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Non-Monetary Investment and Return

 

Not all investments are monetary, nor are all returns.” – Anonymous

 

How true is that? Yes, we can invest money. But we can also invest time, effort, energy, goods, services, skills, etc. And we can get back more than money too. We can receive knowledge, wisdom, understanding, skills, goods, services, a better world, or even a better situation for one person. The possibilities are without an end in sight. What is charity, but an investment (monetary or otherwise) in a non-monetary result? What is work, but a non-monetary investment in a mostly monetary result?

It is not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of it (aka greed). Money is a means, not an end. Not a final one, anyway.

Sure, sometimes our investments are but a gamble. Sometimes there is no payoff. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Other times, our return is something unexpected in lieu of or in addition to what we expected. And there are also times when the steps between our investment and return are so numerous and complex, we don’t make the connection. The rest of the time, we see the cause and effect with our own eyes.

What will you invest with and in today?