Reading this review on The Shortest Investment Book Ever, I’m reminded once again of the human condition–or minimally at best, desire–to find fulfillment in life. The book seems to hit a soft spot during this time of economic woes, while still pointing to a life lived in light of God’s pleasure. The author moves away from Wall Street to spend the rest of his life in teaching. Here’s an excerpt that I found particularly insightful:

What are you tending to become? What is it that you want these summary years of your life to stand for and to say to those who will live on after you?

Funny, isn’t it? In life or in retirement, oftentimes the more we focus on ourselves, the more we find we’re bored or we’re missing something or we’ve got aches and pains. On the other hand, the more we choose to focus on others and try to help them with their needs—be they grandchildren or a neighbor or needy people overseas—the more we tend to find, surprisingly enough, our own needs met.

And in the process, we become more generous, gracious, and fulfilled people.

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