This crisis will pass, but so will the gift of it to waking-up to live the rest of your lives in gratitude and appreciation for each breath you take.
Unexpectedly—suddenly—there may come like a thief in the night, a seemingly, overwhelming and insurmountable crisis that threatens our very existence.
However, if examined carefully, this crisis can actually be a doorway to peace. At the time of writing this article—and I highly doubt things have changed before publication—our world as we have known it has been turned upside down, and what security we thought we once had, we are suddenly aware was only an illusion.
In a matter of weeks, our financial security, our businesses, our way of life, our world as we knew it, and even our very lives have become threatened.
My profession over the past several decades, blessedly, has been to council ophthalmologists around the country in planning for a successful financial life, and a carefree retirement.
My partners and I continue to work with doctors in all phases of their lives, from accumulating assets to withdrawing assets in retirement. Our job was always to plan carefully and prudently to achieve their goals with minimum risk. But, and perhaps because of the very nature of our business, we noticed that there was never a correlation between how much money a person had and how happy they were. This mystery compelled me to search out why this occurred.
So, this article is about our current crisis and happiness, or freedom from the terror of one’s own punishing thoughts.
John J., John S., and Traudy F. Grande, CFPs, are co-editors of the "Money Matters" column in Ophthalmology Times. They are owners and principals of Grande Financial Services Inc., Oakhurst, NJ (www.grandefs.com). The Grandes advise doctors across the country on a diverse range of investment and financial matters. Readers may submit their financial questions to them at [email protected] or call 800/722-1258.
The views depicted in this material are for information purposes only and should not be considered specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All investing involves risk, including the potential for loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. No investment strategy can ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.
John J. Grande, John S. Grande, and Traudy Grande are Registered Representatives offering securities through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Summit Financial Group, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Summit and Cetera are related and are under separate ownership from any other named entity. Registered Branch: 257 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ 07755. Phone: 800/722-1258. Website: www.grandefs.com.