Remaining A Part during this time Apart:
Our thoughts on finding unity and stability in times of upheaval
In this moment of new uncertainty, we find ourselves stretching our capacities in innovative ways and also returning to reliable standards. We are trying new technology and finding creative solutions, and we are also going back to basics. We are finding ways to be together, even while physically separated. Please know that we are here for you.
It is a frightening and unprecedented time. There are many unknowns and significant risks to our feelings of security and our very lives. It is important to pay attention, to understand the threats we face and not to understate them. More importantly, we must not underestimate ourselves. In this moment, we pause to take stock of our resources, in terms of financial assets, individual talents and abilities, as well as our actual closets and pantries.
When we talk about financial basics, the first step is savings, which is essentially preparation for an unknown future. We look carefully at our resources, starting with our financial reserves, savings accounts, retirement funds, rainy day accounts. Today, it is raining. This is a day we have planned for, even if we had no idea what, exactly, the “rain” would look like.
You may well be more prepared for this rainy day than you realize. We would be honored to speak with you about your concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out with a phone call or an email.
Taking Care of Yourself
Remember, too, that the financial resources are essentially a means to support our lives and the lives of our loved ones. When we think about our basic human needs, it is important to ask, Am I getting enough rest? There is a time to be informed, to be entertained, and a time to take a break. Turn off the screens. Tune out the noise. Make sure you are getting the rest and the sleep that you need, so that you can continue to be your most resourceful self.
It’s a dog’s life. Some of you may know our beloved Scout. And while he mostly enjoys the extra walks these days, as well as the additional company at home (especially with the homebound college boys), even a hunting dog knows when he needs to rest. On those, admittedly few, occasions when Scout refuses to be lured by the sound of the leash and dog treats in hand, we will let him take his nap while we go for a walk without him.
We will be in touch again soon with more ideas. In the meantime, please know that we are thinking of you.
On A Personal Note
What we’re reading: Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck, and the sun and her flowers, by rupi kaur
What we’re watching: Inside Out. Yes, the animated film. With popcorn AND ice cream, because some days are like that.
Wherever you are on your financial journey, we can help.
Stratz & Company Financial Services