August 30, 2017
All of our hearts go out to the people in Texas dealing with the hurricane and the unprecedented tropical storm that has followed. Seeing the images on TV of the flooding, the rescues, and the people in shelters has had us thinking about what we all can learn from this.
Gratitude for whatâ€™s most important. In everyday life itâ€™s easy to focus on getting ahead, material accumulation, and the minutia and worries of daily life. Sadly, sometimes it takes a huge event to wake us up and bring our attention back to what is most important in life. It can be an illness, death of a loved one, or like Hurricane Harvey, a natural disaster. In the TV interviews we notice over and over that people will mention the loss, fear, and grief they are feeling, but also their gratitude for getting out safely and for the responders and volunteers who have helped.
Take a moment right now and think of three things you are most grateful for in your life. A focus on gratitude can move you from fear, sadness, and worry to allow you to be better able to actually help and support.
Prepare for the unexpected. Donâ€™t miss the message that those of us left physically unscathed by this disaster can learn from the people affected. Do you have the proper homeowners and auto insurance in place? Do you have a box with important documents you can grab if you needed to leave your home quickly or do you have this information securely stored on line where you could easily access? Have you built up your solutions fund (aka emergency fund) in case your income stops for a while?
Help where you can. It is so inspiring seeing ordinary citizens in their boats, kayaks, and Jet Skiâ€™s recuing people. The stories of neighbors helping neighbors are so heartwarming. Actually watching otherâ€™s kind acts can inspire and motivate more good deeds. It can be difficult to watch a lot of news as it feels so bad â€“ but this type of news is different. This is when humanity is at its best. If you arenâ€™t helping directly with the flood victims in Texas, where can you lend a hand or do a kind deed?
Open your heart and your wallet.Donâ€™t just feel badly about this disaster; listen to the pull you are feeling to help. Donate what you can. The need is expected to go on for a long time with so many people displaced from their homes. There are so many good organizations that are contributing to the relief effort in Texas. Find one that speaks to you.
The American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief is a popular and impactful choice for donations. One of our partners, TD Ameritrade Institutional, is offering to match each donation made on its site, doubling the impact of every dollar given. Click here to donate with a match.
Sending love and light to all those affected by Harvey and the aftermathâ€¦.
All of us Kohlhepp Investment Advisors, Ltd.
Source: Ellen Rogin, CPA, CFPÂ®