Oh, the difference a year makes...
As I was preparing this mid-year message, I couldn’t help but reflect back on the last 18 months. I was sitting in an airport in Madison, WI, looking around, watching the hustle and bustle of travelers on an early Friday morning. The whole experience felt so typical, but yet, it still didn’t. Of course, masks are still the requirement, but the number of people getting ready to head out for the weekend was noticeable, and my flight was expected to be packed. To me, that was great to see, after everything we’ve just gone through. The world has been and is continuing to open up, and we are all finally looking forward to filling our calendars with events and activities we simply couldn’t for so long.
Over the last year and a half, we’ve tried very hard to focus on the positives. The ‘lights at the end of the tunnel.’ We reminded you that ‘this time isn’t different’ as it applied to the economy and stock markets, and that ‘this too shall pass’ as we all needed to not lose sight of the long game. We asked you to ‘breathe’ and trust that we would get through this. We expected that the economy, science, and humanity in general, would prevail like they always do. And by all measurable means - we were right.
Although I always try to speak with certainty and positivity on matters like this, I, nor anyone else, could have told you exactly how it would all fall into place. That would have been impossible. But, I did believe that the very best in the world would rise to the top in the face of great uncertainty. To navigate that process, your best bet is to have a well-laid out and flexible plan. That applies to many aspects of life and certainly applies to your finances. With that being the basis and foundation of all we do for those we work with, I’m happy to report that, as we look to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror, our planning - and your ability to trust us and stick to it - passed with flying colors.
So, let me say “Thank You” to all of you that have put so much faith and trust in us to help you navigate our role in your lives over the last 18 months. Planning, helping our clients stay focused on the big picture, being a voice of reason and positivity, and adapting along the way, is 100% the reason why we do what we do. It was our pleasure to have been able to do so for you when times are tough! As always, if those you know and love could benefit from similar help, our door is always open to them. Please do not keep us a secret!