An Investment Worth Making

Investing is an important and oft used word these days. As we look toward our futures, we begin to think about investing money — for our children’s college expenses, for that longed-for dream home, for our retirement years. Seems like every time you turn around, someone is talking about the need to invest.

Rightfully so, we suppose, since investing, financially speaking, is key to ensuring we have a little more security in the future.

But have we considered other investments — the ones that have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of others?

A quote found in an Open Windows personal devotion became the catalyst for this editorial. While we don’t use this space daily for philosophical thought, sometimes we feel compelled to try to get readers to turn inward, examining what we do and how we do it, all in an effort to build unity and urge a coming together of people from all races, religions and politics to make our community better.

And today that begins with investment and the question of how we invest our lives.

The Open Windows quote goes like this: “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once.”

In other words, we can spend it aimlessly, going through life thinking only of ourselves and doing those things which we think only benefits us and perhaps those closest to us. We can waste it completely, choosing to spend our life oblivious to responsibility, the plight of others, the need to believe in something far bigger than ourselves and the needs within our own community.

Or we can make our future, our community’s future and even our nation’s future better by investing in others, even those, dare we say, who don’t look or act as we do.

Get involved in a service organization. … The time you invest in someone else is time well spent.

It’s easy to see the negatives around us. All we have to do is pick up the paper or watch the nightly news to see the stark reality of what goes on across our country. But that is never the entire picture. There are good news stories in our paper every day, and there are positive TV spots on local and even national channels on a regular basis. They all show exactly what we are talking about — people investing in one another, offering a hand up and making a difference along the way. …

There are still far more good people in the world than bad. It’s just that the good people often get side-tracked, forgetting the difference they can truly make if they will step out, stand up and invest their time, attention, love and talents in helping someone else.

We believe it’s an investment worth making.

The Sampson Independent, Clinton

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