Life Investments

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Have you ever thought about all the people who’ve invested their time and talent into you? Perhaps it was a teacher that went the extra mile making sure you understood a subject so you could move up to the next level. A coach who spurred you on in practice giving you an edge in tough game situations and lessons you implement today. A mentor who not only took time to show you what you were doing right but also constructively pointed out what could be improved upon. Or a relative who in addition to caring for you physically also nurtured you emotionally and spiritually.

My mother is one of those persons for me. The years she invested in me under her immediate care and the memories she continues to make with me are among the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. Her love, attention and example have been a constant my entire life. When I think about it, she has always spelled love T-I-M-E. In fact, the longer I live the more I appreciate her selflessness. It has truly enabled me to flourish both personally and professionally.

The Still Face Experiment, conducted by Dr. Edward Tronick, highlights the critical importance relationships play in one’s social and emotional development. The video below explains how.

Who has invested in you? Greater still, are you doing the same in the life of another?

5 Comments for Life Investments

  1. John Lano Says:

    Lisa, this is a wonderful post. I think my dad has really invested in me. Throughout my entire childhood, teenage years, and beyond, he has made an absolute huge T-I-M-E investment as you said.

    Right now, I am trying to invest my T-I-M-E with my grandmother. She is 95, but she has been an incredible rock for our family and is still on top of her game (mentally).

    Anyway, I love this post.

    If you’re interested, I actually apply psychological research like the Still Face Experiment here to voice over and business in my blog:

  2. Lisa Rice Says:

    Thanks for visiting and commenting, John. How wonderful that you have a father who has made a difference in your life and that you’re directing your energy to invest in your grandmother. At 95, I’m sure she has much wisdom to share herself. I’ll take a look at your blog, too. Have a great week!

  3. Doug Turkel Says:


    You’ve written (another) powerful post, and have reminded us how many important people we all have to be thankful for. Thanks for that!

    And thanks too, for referencing the Still Face Experiment. I was both thrilled and surprised to see it referenced on your blog…Dr. Tronick is my uncle, and is among the many important people in my life.

  4. Lisa Rice Says:

    How cool is that?! Please tell him I appreciate this video and his amazing research.

  5. Sam Barker Says:

    Hi Lisa, this is the first time I’ve visited your blog and I love it. It’s made me travel back in time and think about those who’ve invested time in teaching me fundamental life lessons, so thank you :-)

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