The Bracelet that Turned Her Wrist Green Reminds Her that Anything Worth Having Requires Work
The other day we were talking about ways we used to make money as kids - shoveling snow, mowing lawns, babysitting, washing cars, etc. One woman in the office talked about this bracelet she received from her first boyfriend in 10th grade and how he had worked so hard doing all sorts of odd jobs in order to buy it for Christmas. It wasn’t elaborate or even that expensive but the effort behind earning the money, saving it, and then buying it for her was significant - this is back in the day when you might get $5 for a lawn. She cherished that bracelet when she was 15, no matter if it turned her wrist a little green, because it represented a lot of work and care. He had things he wanted to buy, like a new amp for his bass guitar, but remained disciplined in his pursuit of the Christmas gift for her. To this day, thinking about that bracelet, reminds her that things worth having require work.
Working hard and saving toward things we want is a theme throughout life. Some things don’t take too long to acquire while others take years. Certain goals we have, such as sending our children to college or attaining a comfortable retirement, are ones that generally take longer to realize. Procrastination and distraction can get in the way. Just like the ambitious young man who had his eye on the bracelet, we need to remain focused on the goal - no matter how far off it might be.
How well are you doing on the path toward your financial goals? If obstacles are popping up, a financial advisor may have some ideas to help smooth the journey from start to finish. One day, as you sit at your child’s college graduation or in an Adirondack chair outside your retirement dream home, you might look back and remember that hard work and dedication got you there - with a little help.
This information is provided for general educational purposes only and not as specific advice for any individual.
Seek professional advice before taking any action in regard to your finances.