“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



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