The recent events, both globally and in our own backyards have been horrific. It’s becoming harder not to feel cynical and negative about the world we live in when the headlines are dominated by bad news. The nightly news wasn’t designed to deliver 30 minutes of feel good stories—after all, sensationalism sells. That said, the news dominating the headlines today is the reality of the world we live in. Lately, it’s been disturbing to say the least.

While we have no choice but to confront today’s troubles, we must not forget there are plenty of good things happening around us as well. Everyday there are police officers, firefighters, and teachers among countless others doing their jobs because they still believe what they do makes a difference (and it does).

If the nightly news were all about recognizing the positive things happening around us, the world would be inspired to be a better place. Something as small as holding the door open an extra moment for a stranger can make a difference in their day. Through a random act of kindness, you can make a meaningful difference for someone and be rewarded with a sense of fulfillment.

For many of our clients we design retirement plans that help them pursue their passions for charitable giving and volunteerism. We also help them realize their dream of creating a trust that can help fund one of their favorite organizations as part of their legacy.

Do you have the ability to fund your favorite charities with your current retirement plan? If you’re not sure, maybe it’s time we talk. We’ll sit down with you for a complimentary, no obligation financial review to discuss the goals you have for retirement and see if your current plan is really capable of achieving them.

Remember, it’s never too late to make a difference in the world and with the proper retirement plan in place you’ll be ready to start making your own positive headlines.