Our poet friend and financial literacy advocacy supporter Kooky Tuason is launching “Picket Lines”, a coffee table book about female power and beauty expressed through poetry and visual expression. It features 100 photos of women with poems written on their bodies. Picket Lines embeds poetry on select women’s skin and images to make powerful statements about the lives of women.
We have been teaching about saving money. We have been teaching about growing them in investment placements such as the stock market or in businesses. We have been teaching about setting goals for our future. But is stacking up wealth the ultimate and only thing in life that we need to do?
In the Parable of the Talents, there were three servants who were entusted by their masters with “talents”. The first servant was given five talents; the second one with two talents, and the third one with one talent.
For those who are wondering what those “talents” mean in the Bible, this is not about the physical gifts or skills such as singing, dancing, playing basketball, being good in math, et. al. The word talent here pertains to the unit of measurement used for weighing precious metals such as silver or gold. It is also a unit of currency used for computing a laborer’s wage. One talent is equivalent to 6,000 denarii or equivalent to twenty years of work of an ordinary laborer. Continue reading Does God Look At Your Numbers?
In one way or another and somewhere along your life’s journey you encounter opportunities to learn new things. New things that would change your love anew and maybe for forever. Or sometimes these aren’t new things at all but rather new discoveries of your special skills, knowledge, or even experience that somehow has contributed to the good of your organization or the society as a whole.
In my personal experience of sharing what I have learned from mentors, only a few heeded the call of joining the financial litersacy missions and mentoring other people. Many of them, after gaining the knowledge, has kept the “secrets” to themselves or to within their small circles of friends and family members.
And so the questions to ask ourselves, are we willing to share whatever we receive from others whether its material or spiritual in nature? Do we save the goodness and the benefits only for ourselves and for our loved ones alone? Do use our talents not only to earn from it or to help others who need them most?
Every gift, talent, wisdom, expertise are powerful gifts that deserve to be shared. It may be yours to keep since you worked hard to have it. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep it to yourself only. You have a mission to go out into the world to liberate people and inspire them to believe that they can achieve whatever they badly need in life. Continue reading How To Pay Forward Your Learnings