While out walking, I came upon a strip mall with four businesses and the odd juxtaposition of the four seemed to represent mindsets that people adopt about the future.

The strip mall housed:

> Suntan City – with a focus on short-term gain without consideration to long-term impact

> Mississippi Valley Blood Center – where people realize short-term gain ($) but also provide long-term impact (to others)

> State Farm Insurance – for those with pessimism about the future who want to hedge their bets, spending thousands on something they hope they never need

> Edward Jones Investments – for those with optimism about the future, making them willing to risk to hopefully realize long-term gain

Think about which one is a metaphor for how you deal with the future. Maybe it’s time for you to check out another business on the strip.

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