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Like many of you I love it when a plan (financial or otherwise) comes together. There's a deep satisfaction brought about by identifying goals and mapping out the steps to achieve them. It makes me happy when things go according to plan - like all of my research and methodical decisions and sweating of the details mattered. It was worth the time, effort, and energy poured into the process. But...what happens when the storm rolls in and we're tossed about by wind and waves?
We find ourselves in such a time. A time when fear and uncertainty threaten to swallow us whole and everything is too much and not enough all at once. I don't pretend to have any easy answers, but what I do have is Tina Fey. I know, Tina Fey may seem an unlikely source of wisdom and counsel at the moment, but her book Bossypants introduced me to the concept of "yes, and..." "Yes, and…" is an improvisational technique where the participants in an improv scene move forward by 1. agreeing and 2. adding or contributing something. Those two little words - yes, and - are powerful, and they apply to so much more than improv. They allow for acknowledgement of a situation (the yes) while creating space for momentum (the and). I think "yes, and…" is especially useful in the midst of upheaval. It doesn't try to detract from the present. In fact, it calls us to pay attention to the now - to see it and feel it and be with it. But it doesn't stop there. It challenges us to keep pushing forward and take the next step through the "and."
I know many of you are experiencing a host of worries. The coronavirus (while enough to worry about all on its own) has thrown a myriad of other fears into sharp relief. Yes, there's reason to be anxious and afraid, and it's important to look to the future. We want you to know that your team at Sailer Financial is thinking in terms of "yes, and…" We acknowledge the pain of this moment, and we find value in the objectivity borne of a long-term financial plan. The storm doesn't negate the need for a plan. Just the opposite - it's our North Star serving to keep us oriented.
Not too long ago I came across the term steering-way. It's nautical lingo that's often used to describe how a ship moves through a storm. Pushing against the wind and waves requires forward momentum, and a ship must keep its bow (the front end) pointing into the waves to plow through them safely. Otherwise a massive wave hitting the ship's side could roll the vessel over and sink it. In the days and weeks ahead we're here to provide steering-way as your partner through this storm. As Jeremy noted in his letter to you last month, the American people, economy, and markets are resilient and brighter days are on the horizon. To that end we will be releasing a series of articles about the recent stimulus package and contacting you as we continue to identify specific opportunities both now and in the future.
Author and researcher Brené Brown asserts that, "connection is why we're here; it gives meaning to our lives." In this time of physical distancing the Sailer Financial team is especially grateful for our ability to maintain connection with you in other ways. We encourage you to contact us with your questions. As a reminder, we are working remotely and you can reach us via email or by calling the office (615-370-1253) and following the directory prompts.
Jenny Wilson, CFP®
Director of Financial Planning
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