So proud to be an American

As our nation celebrates its birthday, and we commemorate the writing of the National Anthem 200 years ago, it is important to take a moment and reflect upon the amazing results that have taken place over the years. Thinking about the incredible hard work, and the bravery, of those who participated in the birth of our nation, we sometimes forget how truly revolutionary it all was.

As I delve further into my own family history, I am increasingly humbled by those who cam before me, several of whom were Patriots in the American Revolution. Tracing more details shows service to our country in many ways, both as soldiers in each war, as well as doctors and seamstresses and coal miners and farmers – regular people working to raise their families and be productive parts of their communities.

It is also true that much of our country’s history includes the immigrant experience – people who gave up a good deal to travel great distances, often at tremendous personal risk, for a chance at a better life. Time and again, different waves of immigrant groups came, trying to fit into the fabric of our nation. Each faced many challenges – language, money, religion, culture. Yet they persevered as best they could.

May we remember our past, and find ways to honor it every day as we participate in building for our own future, and that of our children and grandchildren and beyond.

This is your brain on – giving!

This is your brain on – giving!

I recently had the amazing opportunity to learn from Russell James, a professor at Texas Tech University – about research on the brain, and on giving. He actually has done research with people in MRI machines who react to various words used in asking for or describing charitable gifts – with a specific focus on planned gifts.

Professor James had a wonderful history – professional financial advisory, attorney, college president, planned giving officer to name a few. 

I love the fact that he encourages us to use “heart words” rather than “head words” to describe the gift options, and encourage giving.

Go to his website and download his free slidedecks. You will be amazed. If you just want the recommendations, skip to the back of the shows, where he offers practical use of the brain mapping.

Professor James, J.D., Ph.D, CFP, lectures often. If you have a chance to learn from him, i would not hesitate.