too-good-to-be-true

 

Suppose you lived in a small town; one with two insurance/investment agencies.. One was run by someone you didn’t like in high school.. The other, you picked to run your investments primarily because he promised well, but mostly because he was the competitor of the other person you didn’t like…

So you reach that point in life, where you begin to see retirement.  You look at your finances and find they’ve earned roughly 1% over what you’ve put in.  You get told it’s the economy, the crash, the fees, etc. but that all is up and up..  You can’t contest it based on your lack of financial acumen, and so you accept it…

A year later, you are in a bar and talking to the mayor who is really happy because he just checked his portfolio and was surprised at how good it was.. His entire portfolio had doubled between the last time he’d looked at it and this.. Every year had interest rates in the high teens.  You find you both put in about the same each month, and that his was up $200 grand over you at this late point….  You ask him who handles it…

She’s the person you don’t like.

Now you get mad…   in your confusion you struggle with whom should you be mad at?

a) the mayor for popping your bubble?
b) his agent who made him rich?
c) your agent for not doing as well?
d) you, for letting it get to this point…

That correct answer should be d) you, but that tends to always be the last person we blame… Depending on our emotional maturity, there is a good chance we will blame the mayor’s agent who was so competent, so good, so excellent, that if we didn’t hate her, we’d too would have joined in and been rich too.

The question comes down to this.  Can you swallow your pride and switch your account to be managed by her and earn higher rates of interest..?  Or will you double down and stick with your own losing agent, because there is no way you will allow “her” to get a single penny of your money?

Although obviously the answer is staring you in the face, many of us will go to our old agent first and bluster, wave our hands in the air, act tough with some cuss words, and demand through our bluster that he do better.  About to lose a sizable account, he pleads, cajoles, and begs us to stay on board, promising many things smart people would know could not be delivered.. He is just looking for time.  And like fools, we may walk out with our heads high thinking we just turned our fortunes around…

We follow our results more closely now… We see little change…

We bump in to the mayor at a watering hole and he asks how well your investments are doing.. He is bubbling because his got 18% that year. Your options:

a)  you switch
b)  you don’t…

This is where we are… Hatred has blinded many to good. Lost opportunity can never come back, but, there is plenty of evidence that one can do much better than one is doing now… After 2016 we will have wasted 16 years of Republican leadership or Republican Congresses. All that time, no return on our investments. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got…

Can you swallow your pride and put your financials into the hands of one so competent everyone in her care makes money and seems pretty happy?  Or do you let innuendo, snide remarks, rumor campaigns of whispers with no backing, or other people muttering they don’t like her, all get in the way of you making money?

I guess it boils down to this question… Are you too much of a coward to do what you know is right and vote for Hillary Clinton this election?   Because when one has been wrong for a long time, it does take great immense courage to admit it, seriously,  and then make the changes necessary to better your life.

Whether it’s an abusive relationship? Whether it’s a substance addiction?  Whether it’s a horrible job?  Making a change which seems so obvious is very hard to do… And yes, it will take great courage. So the real question comes back to this: are you woman or man enough to do what you know is right?  Which is put your old feelings aside and join in a high rate of return which will benefit you?…

For many evangelicals, doing so will remind you of back when you first accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, that time frame when you still hated the church with its morals, sanctimony, and Sunday learning; when you enjoyed your drinking, carousing, and being a wild and crazy non goody-goody-two shoes… But then, something in a Meeting happens, and the next thing you know you are getting Baptized, and saying you accept Jesus as your Christ and Saviour, and meaning it.. REALLY meaning it… and the tears just flow down your face so fast you don’t even know you’re crying, but you know you’re are forgiven, you know this is your plan, you just know it is right…. and that God will take care of you…

Well, this is sort of like that….

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