If You Are Like Me
As this year progressed, I found myself becoming so engrossed with the political affairs of our nation that I was actually rooting for one of the candidates to die. If that wasn’t sad enough, I wasn’t a big fan of the other one either. When I managed to pull myself away from those thoughts, I then became truly depressed over my realization that no matter who wins, we’re “up the creek without a paddle”.
Publicly stating America had already entered its worse social and political era (and soon shall it too economically once the Central Bank farces here and abroad come home to roost), has not only made me a “black sheep” within the financial services industry, it has greatly contributed to challenges in my personal life.
Thankfully, I all but ceased commenting anywhere on the politics, and even went as far as “unfriending” those who seemingly did it all day and night on Facebook.
Unfortunately, the complacency being exhibited among investors and the so-called professional community is unlike anything I’ve seen in 32+ years in and around the financial markets. It makes not responding to the barrage of comments, photos and the like on social media about the Presidential race, a real challenge for me, especially when I’m so bearish overall.
In case I’m not alone and someone else reading this would sooner not be so caught up in all of this and not be spending time on social media or in personal debates about how bad one or both candidates are, please allow me to present guidance from a man who was once so full of hate that he persecuted people in a most zealous fashion, only to end up perhaps one of the most quoted authors in all of history on how to live a Godly life:
“I urge then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving should be offered for everyone, for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live peaceful and quiet lives with all devotion and propriety.” 1Timothy 2:1-2
I can just hear most of you now – you want me to actually pray for that *^%#@ Hillary or that @#$% Trump? Are you crazy Peter?
Most won’t; but to the few who actually do – a peace that only the Creator of all that is good in the Universe may come over you and have a most blessed day.