Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

There is something reassuring about the arrival of Fall. It is the season nature chooses to announce with its most flamboyant colors, as if it uses this occasion to celebrate the comforting cyclicality of life.  Indeed, there is a security in experiencing predictable seasons as we progress through the years and life’s varied adventures. So as we make our way through the 2020 pandemic, it may be helpful to remind ourselves that crises, too, have their foreseeable seasons. In the initial season, the troublesome situation arrives unwelcome like a surprising blizzard, catching us flat footed. In season two we feel more firmly grounded due to a better understanding of the challenges we face and the first appearance—like spring’s first robins—of potential solutions. The third season is when we have settled into a routine that allows us to begin returning to normal and are able to feel—not just say like a mantra—that “This Too Shall Pass”. And in the final season, the crisis begins to dissipate. As it does so, we rake all the lessons we have learned into one big pile for us to study so that by the time the next crisis comes—and it will, as surely as the arrival of next winter—we will face it armed with ever more confidence, having discovered how strong, adaptable, and resilient we can be.

 

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

 

Through all the seasons of life, The Kelly Group can help you and your family with your financial planning and wealth management. For information on our services, and a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19, visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

 

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner

 

 

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Advisory services offered through investment advisor representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. The Kelly Group and Cambridge are not affiliated.

Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

Today’s Headlines – September 16, 2020

What is my legacy?  That is a question we all ask ourselves from time to time: What is the shape of our life’s footprint? A legacy is multifaceted. One part of our legacy is the monetary and tangible inheritance we bequeath to our heirs. But it is a mistake to consider “legacy” only in monetary terms. A legacy also includes the values, memories, and life lessons we leave behind. Think, for example, about the legacies of the first responders of 9/11, the anniversary of which we commemorated this past week. Each first responder who ran toward collapsing skyscrapers and unfathomable chaos gifted us the example of selfless heroism. Both those who survived and those who fell that day taught all of us that there are causes worth the ultimate sacrifice, that inside us are reservoirs of courage we cannot imagine, that the best life is the life spent serving others. Fortunately, most of us will never need to engage in such a heartbreaking and terrifying duty. But we all face challenges and difficult circumstances, some unique to our own lives, others—such as coping with the pandemic of 2020—we share with the rest of our community. Regardless of the tests we face, we have within ourselves the ability to craft a legacy we can be proud of. Every day you can add to your legacy by serving as a silent role model, going out of your way to help someone in need, providing comfort for the worried, visiting those who need a friend. Your examples of thoughtful sacrifice and small acts of kindness will help assure that the legacy you leave is priceless.

 

“Building a legacy you can be proud of is a lifelong project, a project that is never too early to begin and one that never ends until one’s final day.” The Kelly Group

 

For information on The Kelly Group’s financial services and our legacy planning program called “The Family Love Letter,” along with a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19, visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

 

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner

 

 

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Advisory services offered through investment advisor representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. The Kelly Group and Cambridge are not affiliated.

Happy Grandparents Day!!!

Happy Grandparents Day!!!

Happy Grandparents Day…especially to our Kelly Group grandparents, Jodi Davis (with husband Mark and grandchildren Allie (11), Drew (8) and Emme (6 1/2) and Rick Fletcher (with wife Vanessa and granddaughter Rosie (9 months).

Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

Today’s Headlines – September 9, 2020

Let’s go back to the movies! In some Maryland counties, theaters once again can open their doors (although at restricted capacity). So now, rather than being limited to watching films in our living room, we may soon enjoy the option of sharing our viewing experience with neighbors. This latest loosening of the coronavirus rules reminds me of what we’ve been missing these past several months: the comfort that community provides. There is something special about physically gathering in large groups to watch a flick, hear a concert, or attend a football game. Even more meaningful is the privilege of coming together to celebrate life’s milestones—a bride and groom’s nuptials, high school graduation, or 50th wedding anniversary. At these events we are reminded that even relative strangers share the same emotions and the same humanity. And whether we tend to be the life of the party or prefer to stand in the corner off by ourselves, we all occasionally need to feel the healing power and sense of belonging that comes from being a valued member of a kindhearted community. During these difficult months, we have instead felt its absence.  Even those of us blessed with caring family, friends, and colleagues have borne the pain of seclusion. That’s okay. This is a scar we should retain. It can help encourage us to reach out to the lonely among us. Even after society has crawled ever so slowly back to “normal”, this memory of the isolation caused by the Pandemic of 2020 should inspire us to reassure the most vulnerable among us that they too are treasured and cherished.

 

“There is nothing more important than family and community.” The Kelly Group

 

We believe that by providing objective, caring, and wise guidance to our clients, we are helping families to achieve their life’s dreams and our community to prosper. For information on The Kelly Group’s financial services, and a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19, feel free to visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner

 

 

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Advisory services offered through investment advisor representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. The Kelly Group and Cambridge are not affiliated.

Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

Today’s Headlines – September 2, 2020

It’s September, and we all know what that means. It’s the  time of year when young children experience the excitement of their first day of school, proudly holding their parent’s hand as they walk expectantly up to—well, if it wasn’t 2020 it would be the schoolhouse door. But this year many students from first grade to graduate school are instead strolling anticlimactically up to the kitchen table on which sits their temporary surrogate classroom, the computer. We hope it won’t be long before face-to-face instruction with our valued educators once again becomes the norm rather than the exception. In the meantime, however, this is an opportunity for us to teach students of all ages—and remind ourselves—the most valuable lesson of all: Learning isn’t confined to organized education. As a foundation for a happy life, learning must be a never-ending occupation, a passion fueled by an insatiable curiosity that stays with us until our final days.  Sources for knowledge and understanding are all around us, even in the random rustling of tall trees or the disciplined flight of a flock of geese. You can learn by watching a neighbor dexterously paint a fence, a dog bury a bone, or a farmer plant a field. The wisdom of generations can be gleaned through thoughtful conversations with people of all ages. And a world of discoveries can be found in that centuries-old mobile device called a book. The love of reading need never go unrequited. Education is important, but it need not be restrained by the walls of a building or the monitor of a computer. For our entire lives, school is always in session.

 

“They know enough who know how to learn.” Henry Adams

 

The Kelly Group is committed to educating our clients so that they can make decisions for themselves and their family that can best help them accomplish their financial goals. For information on The Kelly Group’s financial services, and a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the uncertainties of an election year, feel free to visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner

 

 

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Advisory services offered through investment advisor representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. The Kelly Group and Cambridge are not affiliated.

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Today’s Headlines – September 23, 2020

Today’s Headlines – August 26, 2020

“Say, Ah!” That command was music to my ears. My recent annual physical felt like a temporary return to normalcy, an opportunity to address routine medical matters that have nothing to do with an exotic virus. This visit to my long-time internist—thank you, Doc Ann (and her amazing team)!—also served as a reminder of what I mean when I refer to “the Norman Rockwell Town Doctor”, a dedicated professional who comforts as much as she heals. As my clients and colleagues can attest, I use this model as an aspiration for myself and my firm—to be that attentive, reliable, caring professional. This can be a model for all of us. We don’t need to be doctors to offer a “bed side manner” of compassion and kindness to family or friends whose worst aches and pains aren’t necessarily physical. There is a wonderful Norman Rockwell painting of a doctor applying his stethoscope to the chest of a doll being held by a nervous young girl. By tending to the imaginary ailments of the doll, the doctor calms the real fears of the child and sooths the worries of the parents. We don’t need a stethoscope to listen to what ails our neighbor. As we move forward to that blissful day when COVID-19 is only a bothersome memory, we should all be as prepared as that small-town doctor to be a sympathetic sounding board. We may not be able to treat physical ailments like a doctor, but we can be a healing force just the same.

 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

 

With active listening and deep understanding, The Kelly Group can help our clients define their goals and create and implement a well-constructed financial plan. For information on The Kelly Group’s financial services, and a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the uncertainties of an election year, feel free to visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner

 

 

Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Advisory services offered through investment advisor representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. The Kelly Group and Cambridge are not affiliated.