Welcome to Purposeful Money

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Seems to me we’re all born yearning for purpose.  We start asking “why” from the time we can talk and I don’t know about you, but I’m still asking “why” today.  When my son was in kindergarten his teacher told us he wouldn’t do an assignment until he understood why; he wanted to feel ownership of it.  She presented this as a negative . . .  I disagree.  I think that desire for meaning in all aspects of life is an asset.

Without a grasp on our purpose here on earth, I believe the happy times wouldn’t be as rich and the hard times would seem insurmountable.  As Solomon observed in the book of Ecclesiastes, life in itself is meaningless; a chasing after the wind.  But once we have searched our hearts and understood our reason for being, those things Solomon tested and found meaningless – wisdom, pleasure, work, riches – those things are ultimately infused with meaning when they are used for a divine purpose.

So what is my purpose for being here, on these pages?  I want to help you use your money as a tool, to build wealth so you can use that wealth for good – for the good of your family; the good of your community; the good of the world.  My goal is twofold then:  to provide you with financial education and guidance you can use to make the most of what you have within your own family; and to make you aware of opportunities to do good with your money with an outward focus too, by putting the money you are already accumulating to use promoting causes you believe in through charitable giving and socially responsible, faith-based, and community development investing.

What is it that gives your life meaning?  What good is it that you want to accomplish?  I look forward to exploring that together with you.

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One Response to Welcome to Purposeful Money

  1. Eliza Costras (FSPlaza) September 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I love the story about your son’s kindergarten incident regarding the meaning of his assignment. It also has me thinking about boldness and the courage to be different in a patterned world. Some people are getting more automatic in their actions, content with the impression that “they’re supposed to do that”. Many will save the bother of a risky, yet adventurous path in search for purpose. Apparently, the teacher completely missed your son’s road sign 🙂 .

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