A Different Future

Lakefield Ontario sculptor, Don Frost, shared this image a few days ago. It is from “Imaginary Foundation” a purveyor of T-shirts and other items. You should take a look at both sites.

I think the image is brilliant.

the beginning is near upa93An interested and probably objective person, in an entropic world, looks over the wall at possibilities.

The thought on the wall “The Beginning Is Near” is so much more hopeful than the more common “End is Near” caption. We should all adopt it as our personal mantra.

People overcome obstacles, and perhaps the point is the end of one thing is the beginning of another, or perhaps while entropy cannot be reversed, it may just be a station along the way, or perhaps you see what you expect to see.

Who knows?

You should adopt this image if your financial plan looks more like the foreground.

Planning is an imperfect science and an unreliable art. No financial plan survives long contact with the real world. A plan requires change, it requires new insights, it requires moving on and leaving the wreckage behind.

The wreckage is not completely your fault unless you like to blame yourself for things that were not within your control. If that is the case, then it is your fault. There, feel better?

Pay attention to what you can change. Use outcomes only as information for future decisions. Learn the lesson and use it to make better decisions in the future.

Perhaps you have been trying to fix your financial plan. Many plans were seriously wounded in 2008-2009 and some have not recovered. If you have become discouraged, take heart. It is just the beginning of something new and, What??? Interesting, special, exciting, fabulously enriching.

Use the image to remind yourself that despite the disorder you have at hand, there are ways to construct a new and better future. Certainly better than the present chaos. Blame and anger won’t cut it. You cannot remain in the wreckage.

Your best move is to address your resources, your time and the personality quirks that may have contributed to the fall. Assuming you have learned a little from the experience it is time to regroup.

The Man From Mars is completely objective about every situation. He advises, “It matters where you are and what your options are now. How you got to be here is not part of what you need to know.”

Don’t let the past restrict your future. Perhaps it is time to enlist the services of a guide.

Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario.

don@moneyfyi.com | Twitter @DonShaughnessy | Follow by email at moneyFYI

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