“An investment in yourself will pay dividends for the rest of your life. It will appreciate rather than depreciate. It will never be devalued or stolen. Clearly, your inner portfolio is the best investment you can make.”
We spend a good deal of time and money on the outside of our bodies. We pay for haircuts and styles, we buy cosmetics, lotions and colognes. We purchase expensive clothes. And we spend many minutes each day primping, combing, washing, feeding and, hopefully, exercising our bodies. Most of this activity is devoted to adorning or nurturing our outsides.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau (Walden): “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
I’m not suggesting that you live in the wilderness, but our best life is one of simplicity. Not boring, dull or uneventful but rather simple, fulfilling, meaningful and significant. And that’s difficult to do when our lives are filled with so many things vying for our attention and participation.
What do you believe in?
What are you committed to doing—and not doing?
Have you ever written your commitments down? Have you ever encapsulated your beliefs? Your code? Your statement of faith?
Having a written creed helps a lot to stay true to the things you hold dear. It reminds you and helps you to stay focused on the things that truly matter to you.