The Best Investment You Can Make

When most people hear the word “investment” the mind is immediately pulled to money or financial strategies, but that in fact is not the way to ensure your best life.  Investment is defined as “an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.

Every day, we are called upon to make investments.  We invest ourselves by giving our time, resources and energy in a variety of ways.  So, when we consider what our best long-term investments are, do they truly surround money and things? How many people do you believe say during their final moments – “Gee, I wish I would have spent more hours working and making money”.

It’s doubtful many would say that, but how many do you think look back and reflect, wishing they would have invested more time and energy where it really matters? How many do you think regret not valuing or expressing their appreciation for their loved ones enough?

When all is said and done; love is the best investment.  It is what gives depth, passion and purpose to life.  When we do what we love and surround ourselves with people who we adore, who also love and respect us, there is no greater joy in life.

Love means being fully present in the moment.  When you are deep within your heart center, there is no anger, fear or negativity that can have any power over you.  Many people meditate daily for precisely that reason.  It is a way to tap into a place of love and inner peace at will.  This calm center is a respite from the distractions of the world and a way to let go of anxiety, recharge and get back to what matters.

Yes, being financially stable and able to provide for one’s family is important, but when it becomes an all-consuming activity, it can rob you of joy – and time.  There needs to be balance in all areas of life, and spending time focusing on what matters is a true way to ensure that you are getting a great return on your investment.

While things can provide fleeting moments of happiness, experiences are where true joy lies.  Take time to enjoy a new adventure with a loved one.  Invest in building fond memories that bring joy to others and make you smile whenever you look back on them.  These are the moments you will be remembered for one day, not what gadgets you bought or how many hours you worked.

At the end of the day – and the end of your days; the love you shared and received will matter far more than any other investment made.  Spend time every day investing in love.  Do things you enjoy that make your soul sing.  Take a few minutes to appreciate those around you who make life beautiful. These simple acts are investments that pay rich rewards immediately.
Love is the one asset that grows most when you give it away freely.