MISSOURI, November 17, 2014 —We all have a future. Future. “The period of time yet to be.” Even when it seems out of our hands, we have some influence on what our future can be, and we should take an aggressive attitude and action to assure we reach our objectives.
Our goals and objectives shift as we go through our lives. When we are very young, we may want to be a fireman or policeman. Our future ideas center on what we want to be when we “grow up.”
In high school, we often start narrowing our goals and aligning them to actual jobs. We look at our current goals and decide whether we need to go to college or trade school, and whether we will need an advance degree. Maybe we want to be computer specialists so we head for college and technical coursework.
When you start a family, your thoughts of the future shift once again. You start to think not only of yourself, but of the family unit and what you want for the family. For those with children, parents start to make decisions about education, including which school to attend and how to fund that school. Are we planning for a large family and if so will we need to save to buy a larger home at what point in time and at what cost?
Financial planning starts to take center stage. What are you going to do about retirement? Will your children continue to require financial support? How will we be able to achieve our financial goals to achieve our future style of living that we desire?
Then there are the logistics of retirement. Where do we want to live? What kind of house do we want? Will we need assistance?
We are now at our “Golden Years.” This is a wonderful time of life. If you stop and think about all of the living you have done, good and bad, the joys and sorrows, it is truly amazing. Hopefully the experiences have made us better people and better citizens.
Now with all of this “knowledge of living” let’s look at the future and see how we can share, help, and advise younger people on how to make their road smoother. We are now the mature consultants on how to live, and we can offer “suggestions” on the roads to take.
We all have a future, even if it is not more than developing an internal peace with ourselves and being thankful for the blessing to participate in life and this quiet time to meditate.
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