Focus on the Light

Garrett T. Smith

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The past few weeks have created feelings of fear and uncertainty in myself and many people I know. First, the Coronavirus was showing signs of exponential growth, and then an earthquake literally shook us. Aristotle said, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” The great classic, A Tale of Two Cities, opens with the line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” A lot of families, small business owners, and individuals are hurting right now. They likely feel they are in their darkest moments or that it is the worst of times. But every challenge brings the possibility of new opportunities.

I have had to take a step back and ask myself how I can focus to see the light. How can these events bring about an opportunity for the best of times? The opportunity for introspection helped me realize what is most important to me: faith, family, freedom. Focusing on what really matters has made the weeks more enjoyable, and we’ve had some of the best family time we’ve had in a long time. It truly has become the best of times for us.
Sometimes, we face trials and setbacks of which we are entirely undeserving. An extreme example of this is Joseph in Egypt. He was sold into slavery by his own family! Yet, he refused to be a victim or use his situation as an excuse to give up. He put his best foot forward, chose to recognize the opportunity, and faced the challenge with determination. Eventually, he became the best slave ever. Later, he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. Rather than pity himself, Joseph saw another opportunity, chose to make the best of his circumstances, and became the best prisoner ever. By making the most of every opportunity, Joseph put himself in a position to be noticed by the Pharaoh and became his second-in- command.

I hope this message inspires you as much as it inspired me. This challenge will likely continue for a time; we, like Joseph, can look for opportunities to grow and see the light.

I am transitioning all of my in-person client meetings to virtual meetings in an attempt to be sensitive to the spread of Coronavirus. I feel this is especially important because many of my clients are in the 60+, higher-risk age group. If you have questions about putting your estate plan and final affairs in order, now is a great time to get started because I am offering a discount as I transition to virtual meetings. Signing documents will still have to be done in person, but we will take necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment. Stay healthy, stay safe, and please reach out if you need any assistance!

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