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Noah’s Ark and the middle road.

painting by Cheryl Allen

Individual Liberty

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams, 1765

Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. People choosing to walk the middle road hope to be liberated from the heat of angers and aggression of our nation. We can’t make sense of the polarized screamer’s dramatic behavior.

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” – Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791

The Star Children or old souls have not voiced their stance. At least not outside their limited, shrinking circles. The country is already run by the polarized screamers and we see now, in front of us, how this works out. We are much more community minded and holistic. I can think of zero like minded that would ever run for office. That’d mean you deal with the polarized screamers. “No thanks.” We’d much rather dance in our joy with one another than to fight others – a battle no one will win.

I think ‘mercy’ has a lot to do with our silence. We’ve been taught for lifetimes to forgive and keep dancing, and forgive again, and stay out of the fray. We forgive simply, but for many it’s more a matter of trust and shrinking our circles to give more to those we trust and matter most us.

It’s evident the past few days and weeks the ‘star children’ are coming together, like a gale force wind. But the question remains, within the wise conversations, that it has become a matter of trust and the decision of the ‘good herd’ is either shrinking one’s circles or to enter the war with no end.

For me and my tribe, we strive to do no harm.

If ‘Do No Harm’ is our mantra, so why fight a war with others refusing to journey to the middle road? The polar ends are separating and polarizing people. If we choose to build our own walls of compassion and love – a remarkable concept will unfold. Whether literally or ‘figuratively’ removing the ‘polarized’ ‘screamers’ from our circle and compartmentalizing them to love and/or compete with one another — what’s left in the middle road is compassion and love. This is our treasure – compassion and love – this is what we will protect from the thieves of joy.

In a time that seems only to be worsening, now may be the time to withdraw from society and protect our treasures. I love my tribe too much and daily, I’m seemingly more repulsed by the polarized screamers.

I know not whether to step up or step out. It may be time to gather our treasures and watch the dramas from the inside out. We are on a different journey. The macro thinking of the wise are not looking solely at macro government changes, but a change for the Universe for good. Until then, so far we have built an ark and invited our people inside.

It’s like dharma and karma have united creating peace in the midst of chaos.

It certainly seems better to stabilize within your circle and keep your friend few than to try and associate in the chaos. Gather your treasures and don’t let them be stolen by the emotions of the people.

My sister told me many years ago to shrink my circles because when my circles are too big, I give little to few. When I shrink them I give abundance. ~Noah’s Ark~

There will be a time to widen the circle again, and when we draw it back in our hopes are we have gained enough fuel for our soul to help promote compassion and love — do no harm is the minimum. But now certainly does not seem to be the time. Pluralism and acceptance are at an all time low. We do not have the stamina to fight a war we cannot win.

The time is to think Global and act very local in a small sphere of Noah’s Ark. The goal is to keep the pure seed for seeding the future. Follow your heart and the heart will guide us through.

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