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Surrounded

By David Hudson

I looked on distant blue mountains reaching to the sky

Surely nothing could be so beautiful as the purple peaks so high

I walked a mountain trail while snow transformed the scene

The world became the Artist canvass, so magnificent and clean

Then it became apparent the Great Artist’s most glorious design

Is best viewed surrounded by it, the thought transformed my mind

I stood beside the ocean so deep, so beautiful, and vast

Surely nothing could match the magnificence of the sunset as day past

Then I viewed the world beneath the sea with so many things unknown

Once more surrounded within it, the Artist brilliance shown

There He created an unseen world as grand as it could be

He colored it with glowing hues that most will never see

I stood beside the hospital bed of a cancerred little boy

Surely nothing within this scene could bring beauty, hope, or joy

Then the Artist did His work as is always true

His hand began to mend the broken and make the broken new

When surrounded by such suffering the beauty, joy, and hope

Is found in helping others and helping others cope

I set beside the bed of the one I love so dear

As that cruel dementia delivered my worst fear

It took away the memory of the one I love so much

The thief robbed the life away of the mind I long to touch

Where can you find the Artist engulfed in a broken heart

He’s waiting there beside you to make new each broken part

 

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Earning A Referral

By: David Hudson CEP, RFC

What does it mean when a friend or professional refers you to someone they have transacted business with? Every professional knows it is much more than dropping a name. When someone refers you to a professional it demonstrates a serious level of trust. If I refer you to a person for products or services there is no doubt that I am taking a risk. If that person doesn’t do a good job for you at a fair price you may blame me. Think of the many scam artists that have won someone’s confidence to get referrals to all their friends. Later when the scam is exposed the referring individual becomes their ex-friend and perhaps their enemy.  That’s the reason many organizations and business owners refuse to give referrals at all. That’s sad.

When no one gets a referral the consumer is left to swim shark infested waters alone. We know some businesses and individuals are honest and fair.  Some have worked years to become  especially good at a certain skill. Others overcharge, do poor work and are dishonest. If we refuse to refer our friends and clients to those that are worthy, we leave them at the mercy of the unscrupulous.

So how do we balance the risk verses reward dilemma? First, we must make sure the individual or business we are going to refer is honest and worthy. Check the Better Business Bureau to find their rating, and to see how long they have been in business. Ask them for referrals from others they have done business with for a long period of years.  If you find “red flags” check with regulatory agencies that oversee the business.  Once you have done your homework give them a period of time before you start telling all your friends or clients how wonderful they are. An honest business person doesn’t mind taking the time and making the effort to earn your business. A person that “high pressures” you into giving them a list of your friends and family isn’t worthy of your support.

Once you feel sure you have a quality business relationship with a professional tell as many people as possible. Think of the people that have served you well for years, who might need their services? Thousands of good honest businesses suffer because of those that do poor work, overcharge, and are dishonest. Giving a referral is serious. It is not something to be taking lightly. However, leaving your clients and friends at the mercy of those that do poor work, overcharge and/or those that are unscrupulous isn’t something to be taken lightly either.  If you know of someone that has done excellent work, is fair, and has served you or others well, they have earned your referral. Don’t withhold it!

 

 

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The Bridge Builder

The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

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Investment Advisory services are offered through AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC and Master’s Estate and Financial are independent entities. Masters Estate does not offer tax or legal advice.

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A Chance to Make a Difference

There is a famous story of a walk along a beach. The reason the story is so famous is because of the lesson it teaches and the inspiration it gives. It goes something like this. One morning a lady was walking along a stretch of beach when she noticed hundreds of starfish that had washed up onto the shore. As she approached she watched as others detoured around the spot and walked on. As she arrived in the area she begin to pick up the fish one by one and toss them back into the ocean. A short time passed when a teenager stopped to watch her. After a few minutes the boy spoke out. “Lady”, he said, “you are never going to save all these starfish. There is only one of you and there are hundreds of fish here to save.” The good Samaritan threw one more fish back into the ocean, then simply replied, “I saved that one”. Within a few minutes the teenager was helping save the starfish, one by one.

So are the difficulties we face as Americans. Sometimes it seems there are so many problems we are overwhelmed at the task. What difference could we possibly make? Maybe we could make more of a difference than we think we could. As senior voters we have a point of reference that younger voters don’t have. We have lived many decades and have the experience and the knowledge to prove it. We have seen hard times before. What a privilege it has been to grow up and grow older in the United States of America! What a remarkable experiences it has been to live in the same time period and to hear the true life accounts of the “Greatest Generation”. Unfortunately many of that generation are passing on now. The stories and lessons of the Great Depression have been passed as a torch to us. The triumph of America’s goodness over the terrors of Hitler’s Germany, and Imperial Japan demands that our torch burn bright and our flag be hoisted high.

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