My friend Peggy and I were about 8 years’ old when we decided to plant a money tree. We gathered up a few quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies and I think maybe a dollar bill or two, dug a hole, and dreamed of all the wonderful things we’d be able to buy with the fruits of our labor. I dreamt of the day when I could buy an endless supply of onion-flavored Doritos which, at the time, was simply the best snack ever. (They no longer produce them, to my knowledge.) I think Peggy had thoughts of building a new and improved no-bruise Slip’N'Slide and maybe a cat farm.
It didn’t grow, but we have a wonderful memory of the wonders of childhood.
This weekend in WNY we saw a brief but welcome respite from all of the rain we’ve been putting up with for several weeks now. The entire day Saturday was filled with the sound of lawn movers humming and neighbors chatting as they planted marigolds, sunflowers and hope. I pulled several weeds as I caught up on the neighborhood “news”. (I always seem to start out with a fair bit of energy at the beginning of the season but towards the end of July, when my daughter brings me a bouquet of dandelions, I become very zen about their value and as much right to existence as my beloved roses.)
They say that we reap what we sow, but sometimes we don’t. The southeast and mid west know very well that Mother Nature may have her own ideas about what happens to what we’ve physically planted. This is true in our finances as well. Sometimes our best laid plans -if we make them- bear no fruit whatsoever. My friend Nancy Rizzo, the life coach, reminds us all that it is important to put our energy into the doing and separate ourselves from the outcome. This allows you to enjoy the activity without entertaining the possible threat of disappointment. This makes me think of the character Dorie in the wonderful movie “Finding Nemo”; her motto was “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” (you’re not going to be able to get that out of your head now). Applied to this particular post, just keep planting, just keep planting.
Planting requires some basic tools, such as something to dig with and something to nourish with. You may share your goals (what you want to plant) with your professional advisors, who in turn can help you dig into your financial ground to determine what will grow there and provide nourishment in the form of coaching and encouragement to whatever seedlings lie in wait. Some may reap a larger harvest than others, but you cannot control that; try to focus your energy on enjoying the planting and growing phases in your own life.