What is our most important asset? If I asked this question, I would probably get a thousand different answers. You might hear people talk about our natural resources, our land, our intellectual capital, our businesses, our Constitution, etc. However, I think we need to think smaller…much smaller. In my opinion, children are the one thing that we often overlook and yet need to value highly. They are more important than we admit, and more important than we might imagine.
How can I claim children are our most important asset?
- Children are our future. They are our future leaders, teachers, doctors, policemen, preachers, sales people, auto mechanics, etc. You might want to be kind to your future care givers and give them the respect and support that they need to grow up to be healthy human beings.
- Children still have an excitement about life. They are not burned out by working in jobs they hate. They love to learn, love to laugh, and love to just live. Learn to take joy in the simple things of life like a child does. See life through the eyes of a child if you want to improve your vision.
- There is still an innocence about children that is both refreshing and encouraging….despite the onslaught of the internet and social media to steal their innocence. Protect their innocence at all costs. Innocence lost can never be regained….so treat it as a sacred obligation that we all have to protect.
- Children are the reminder of who we once were. We need reminders to stop and smell the roses….to look at the clouds in the sky and wonder why the wind blows like it does. Never lose the wonder of the world we are blessed to live in. Sometimes you’ve got to remember to dance in the rain.
- Investing in children pays huge dividends in a short period of time. The beauty of kids is that they are so easy to encourage and to love, and in return, they amaze you with what they know and give you back more than you ever expected. We tend to underestimate kids: what they know and what they can do. They are far more advanced than we like to admit, and they are wired to love in return.
- Children remind us that everyone needs to be heard and appreciated. It does not matter how old you are or what grade you are in. You want to know that your voice and your opinion matters.
Next time that you are meeting with your CPA and discussing all the assets that matter to you most, put aside the spread sheet and look at your family tree. Invest in the little ones. You won’t be disappointed in the returns. Hugs, kisses, and special artwork just for you are worth more than gold, stocks, and bonds. The returns you get for investing in them is seen for generations to come; pretty amazing when you think about the power of love and how easy it is to replicate.
P.S. Recently I was teaching a group of first grade kids and this one little girl is sitting at the table next to me. She looked at me as I was teaching the lesson and out of the blue says, “I love you!” LOL. I melted. It was so sweet and unexpected. You never know what they are going to say….and on this occasion, it made my day.