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My job at PegasusAblon requires me to stay knowledgeable about the economy and current market conditions, so I read a wide variety of economic and investment blogs and publications. Sometimes the insights bleed over into my personal life.

A good example is the chart, pictured above, from Carl Richards at BehaviorGap.com. Carl intended the chart as sound investing advice, but I think it also applies more broadly.

In MANY areas of our lives, we can become trapped into obsessing about things that matter, but that aren’t in our control. (The older I get the more I discover how little we control!) This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think ahead or plan for contingencies, but once that’s done, our focus should be where our efforts influence the outcome.

We also expend too much energy on things we control but that don’t really matter. If you’re like me, just think back through your week and you’ll find plenty of examples.

Sadly, as I am thinking about it, my golf game probably isn’t in either circle. Hmmmm…..

Maria's New & Improved "Blue Box"

At PegasusAblon, we like to think our success is kind of a big deal, but it is nothing compared to Maria’s.

Maria's former blue box

Maria used to sell out of this blue box.

Maria lives in Pedro Brand in the Dominican Republic. Not long ago she supported her family by selling gum, candy and odds and ends from a blue box by the side of the road. These days, thanks to a series of six-month micro-loans from Esperanza International, Maria’s roadside blue box has grown into a colmado, (her community’s equivalent of a 7-11) and her standard of living rises daily. Maria is setting a very impressive pace!

I just returned from the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where Esperanza International is hard at work with local communities and international partners to build a middle class—through a powerful blend of micro-finance, early childhood education, health care, clean water and better housing.

Now, thanks to the help micro-loans from Esperanza Interantional, Maria has a much bigger blue box to sell from.

The results are amazing, and I believe our collective efforts will transform the island in my lifetime!

I am grateful PegasusAblon views my frequent volunteer travel to the Dominican Republic as a part of our firm’s core commitment to give back to the broader community. And I am glad that locally, PegasusAblon supports organizations like Buckner International and Chiapas International who partner in Esperanza’s big dream!

During this holiday season, may we all find joy in the privilege of being a part of something bigger than ourselves.