One week ago, we elected a new president and riots erupted in the streets. From social media to social gatherings, it seems as if we Americans have reached new lows when it comes to nastiness toward those who don't see the world exactly the same way we do.
Time to take a deep breath and gain some perspective.
In our August issue, we introduced you to Don Speakman, an advisor who found inspiration in serving children in one of the world's poorest nations. Don and his wife Jamie have made numerous trips to a mission school in Haiti, where they do what they can to help the children there.
The Speakmans have sponsored 10 of those children. Don keeps a framed photo of them on a wall in his office - not only as a reminder to him of the children he has come to love but as a reminder to his clients.
“I look at it and it’s a reminder that we’re not ever having a bad day here. Our worst day here is still better than their best day there,” he said.
Don said that discussing his Haiti project with clients “helps keep things in perspective.”
“It reminds people how blessed we are to live in America,” he said. “I tell people that all the time. Clients are always complaining about the elections and the candidates and our government and our budget and our deficit and I tell them we still live in the greatest country in the world. I make that part of my message.”
Last night was the second night of the "supermoon." It's the closest the moon has appeared to earth in 68 years.
If you went outside and looked at this gleaming white orb in the sky, you might be struck with a number of things - how old the moon is, how far away it is from earth, what a mystery it is even though men from Earth have visited it.
No matter who is in charge in Washington or what the stock market does or what vitriol someone throws around on some talk show, the moon still shines in the sky every night.
I hope that everyone will take a few minutes, step outside and gain some perspective in the midst of these sometimes confusing times.
Susan Rupe is managing editor for InsuranceNewsNet. She formerly served as communications director for an insurance agents' association and was an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor. Contact her at [email protected].
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