September 2018 Newsletter

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A time for a qualitative evaluation and a quantitative appreciation

This is such an interesting time of year, don’t you think? For farmers, students, teachers, parents, sportsmen and women and many businesses it is the start of the new annual cycle.

And it happens quite suddenly. Farming is an iconic example. Since the early spring the fields have slowly changed from brown to green to golden yellow leading to a short period of frantic activity as the harvest is gathered in. Then, suddenly, the fields all turn brown as they are ploughed and replanted and the countryside returns to its more sedate pace as new seeds begin to germinate and grow.

The impact of the education cycle is very similar, and probably affects more of us than the agricultural cycle. And it is no coincidence that many of the world’s great festivals and celebrations take place at this time of year. Judaism celebrates Rosh Hashanah (the head of the year) in September. Harvest Festivals take place around the time of the Autumn Equinox in Europe. North America celebrates Thanksgiving a little later.

And if you are a part of this new annual cycle its probably a good idea to take stock of where you are now, personally, professionally and financially.

A time of appreciation

And as it is a time of renewal and rebirth its really a time to appreciate what we have. This is Living Money’s theme for September and my monthly blog post discusses whether the emphasis of this review should be a quantitative evaluation or a more qualitative appreciation. I have also provided some tips on and links to the practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), an exceptionally useful tool as you take stock of your life and money. I have also included a brief description of my six step process for reviewing your life and money and planning the coming year…