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My Bucket

We must be responsible with our words. ~not today

Death of true love or loved person is too much. The reality of truly bad people and war is too much. Precious cargo, what matters most, taken. Controlling some parts of life is not possible, so we learn to let go.

I can bury my head in the sand, like the ostrich, but when I peak from the blinders hiding the truth, I see devastation. It’s possible to hide again, behind the offering of pills, alcohol and other drugs. Yet, escaping doesn’t have to be blunt (pun intended), I may also hide behind God and the church or any number of other truths.

The mantra of now is “Let’s Get Started.” When I reach the bottom of my bucket list, and the bucket is empty two things have happened. First, I’ve lived a full life. Second, my bucket didn’t hold enough dreams. Not because my bucket was small, but rather my dreams.

Relative, and naive it is, writing about such nonsense as myself. I learned long ago, conversation and writing about ones self is not good conversation. I give up on that one. If I show up and do things, extraordinary things, it’s of interest to most everyone – inspiring. Carpe’ Diem is a verb, so let’s get started.

To write about what came out of my bucket is ego, but to write what’s going into my bucket is goals. Goals are overrated, I’ll call it decisions and dreams. The only thing that can stop me is uncontrollable realities. I made a decision, “Only concentrate on what I can control.” So, let’s get started.

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The road to Santiago or running with the bulls, depending on what stage of life or mood I’m in, at the point of Carpe Diem, goes into the bucket. It doesn’t matter why, I have a number of reasons, none of which makes any sense to me. No matter, in the bucket she goes. Remote alpine fly fishing, why not, it’s just a bucket holding dreams and decisions. New Zealand, yes. Tibet, yes. Labrador, why not – in the bucket – all of you.

Pushing the limits, not so much this time around. The concept left the last bucket, maybe never to return. The words “Maybe” and “In my opinion” somewhat absent from the bucket before, this round, in the bucket – I like you bunches. Listening more and speaking less, I need you in my bucket.

Love, compassion, empathy, philanthropy, courage, understanding, acceptance … all of you beautiful actions – get in the bucket and stay forever. Hate is not invited. Ego will be asked to leave more than once.  More is confusing, bigger and faster can do what they please, but sadness, broken hearts, anger you will be accepted, so into the bucket you go.

Mandolin, moreover me playing the mandolin, picking and grinning with friends, I place you, into my bucket. Friends, with whom to pick and grin, I escort you, into my bucket. A good dog, beaming with unconditional love, heal up, and follow me, inside the bucket. Spirituality, health, relationships, money, free time, hobbies, get in there.

Life will continue to present too much to handle, and when it does, I’m going to reach in my bucket and pull something out. I know what I love and what makes me happy, this all goes in to my bucket. I know things I do not love will make it’s way in; I’ll politely ask him to leave, accepting he came and was part of my life.

I’m not content with my words tonight, nor am I careful. I care, but I’m writing about me throughout, so nobody should really be interested in the first place. Carpe Diem, my friends, let’s get started.

The journey starts, not with new vistas, but with having new eyes.

~Marcel Proust

Tackling The Titanic

Samantha, a young ant, graduated, magnum cum laude from University of Antansas, and set out to change the world.

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What she initially found, stepping into the “real-world” is an ocean of diversity, filled with gargantuan issues too complex to tackle. Feeling tiny, alone and helpless, her focus became more about survival than positive change.

One week in January, it rained every day, and started to flood. The single ant, Samantha, was swept into Wishing Springs. Fighting for survival, she comes across a raft, made of ants. She climbs aboard to safety.

Only to look down and realize, the raft was built using helpless baby ants as floating life-preservers. Sticking them, at the very bottom of the life rafts, they build with their own bodies.

Ants, bonding together to create a buoyancy and thus, increasing survival. Such is life, ants die, but the colony must continue to survive.

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Time passes quickly. The young ant, Samantha, now half way through life, sees the world different from before, not more beautiful, not less, just different. Perception, maybe.

One week in January, it rained every day, and started to flood. The single ant, Samantha, was swept into Wishing Springs. Fighting for survival, she comes across a raft, made of ants.

But instead of climbing on the raft made of ants, she quickly finds a stick, and then another and binds them together, with a blade of grass. She builds a raft from floating sticks, and help ants from the floating ant raft, aboard the stick raft.

Getting their head above water, they were all able to breathe, moving from a fate of death and freeing them opportunity to thrive.

Actions taken for positive impact, doesn’t have to change the world to be important. One ant can’t do it alone, but together we make a difference. Together we can leave this world a little better than we found it. What ants do for themselves dies with them, what they do for other ants and the world remains, and is immortal.

cropped-ck-photo.jpgCharles Kochel lives in the ozark mountains of Arkansas. He likes good stuff, like good people, good food and good music.

Charles fly fishes, wishes he could jam a mandolin and wants to leave a legacy of positive impact for others and the world.

His mantra – “The journey starts, not with having new vistas, but with having new eyes.~Marcel Proust

Do No Harm

Mindful Wealth is about putting your whole heart, mind and soul into everything you do, including your financial resources. Too many times have we heard, you can’t serve two masters, in the case of wealth management, you can – investing for profit and making a positive impact in society.

It’s time we all take a look at our portfolios and make sure they are aligned with what matters most in our life. If you’re new to the term “impact investing”, it is a bit overwhelming. The alphabet soup of ESG, SRI … they go on and on.

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To educate further on impact investing, we need to clarify some myths.

  1. Impact Investing earns lower returns – The reality is the US core sustainable portfolio outperformed the Russell 3000 over a 5 year period, ending March 31, 2015 by nearly 30 basis points.
  2. There are limited investment options – In 1995, impact investing had only about 100 funds representing about $500 million. 2014, over 900 funds representing over $6.5 Trillion.
  3. Impact Investing is fringe and uncrowded – Many of the largest, most mindful institutions, companies and money managers have adopted the principles of Impact Investing.
  4. There’s one way to do impact investing – Engage investors to learn what matters most to them. Divest your portfolio, until it does no harm and invest to make a difference … it’s this easy.
  5. Your investing and Philanthropy should be kept separate – A portfolio that does not harm and makes a positive impact on society has an expected return par to a portfolio for financial return only.

The notion that what makes a good fiduciary investment and what makes a good societal investment are distinctly different, are just not correct.  ~Tim Schmidt, CIO, Prudential Insurance

We help foundations and families align their financial resources to what matters most, their mission in life. For more information about how to get started investing and doing good, contact our team at Yield Wealth. info@yieldwealth.com. http://www.yieldwealth.com.

It’s time to make the world a better place. Let’s cut harm from our investments and focus on making a positive impact on society.

Charles KochelCharles Kochel founded Yield Wealth Management to help foundations and families align their financial resources with what matters most.

Yield Wealth is one of the first benefit corporations in Arkansas and one of the first pure impact investing companies in the south. This blog is meant for information purposes only. Do not take this as investment advice. For more information about impact investing or how to align your financial resources to what matters most to you, contact us at info@yieldwealth.com