Financial Perspective - Giving and Receiving

Stephen Crawford |

I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day filled with love and warmth. I wanted to share a moment that touched my heart this Valentine's, courtesy of my youngest son, Wilson. He surprised me with the sweetest Valentine's card that said, "I love you to pieces," and inside, it melted me to read, "Dear Mom and Dad, I love you because you guys love me and you guys take care of me when I'm sick. And you guys make food for me, and you guys buy clothes for me.

Now, whether he got a little nudge in the right direction or not, it still meant the world to me. What really struck me was the depth behind his words. The first part emphasized the love and care we give him, while the latter part highlighted the tangible ways we provide for him, like making sure he's fed and clothed.

It got me thinking about a special aspect of money – it's not just about numbers and budgets; it's about how it enables us to care for those we love. I'm certain you have either extended a helping hand to loved ones, supported local groups or churches, or perhaps been on the receiving end of such kindness. There's something profoundly gratifying about being able to lend a hand when someone needs it most, or equally, receiving support when you're in a tough spot.

We often talk about two guarantees we provide clients: vision and perspective. Vision is all about knowing where you're at and where you want to go with your finances. That is, are you on track to achieve your goals. And perspective? Well, it's about understanding the real impact your money can have, not just on your own life but on the lives of those closest to you.

This week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning behind why we do what we do. It's not just about managing finances; it's about nurturing relationships, supporting loved ones, and making a positive impact in our communities.

And remember, if you need a hand or some advice along the way, we're here for you. You can always book time on my calendar for a discussion. Here’s the link if you need it -

Until next time, take care.