The One Debt We All Have — It Has No Maturity Date

Debt: (1) something that is owed or due. (2) an obligation.

In society there is an interesting dichotomy when it comes to debt. There is what some call “good debt” (ie, a mortgage, a educational loan), or capital / resources put towards an investment that has the potential to grow in value. Then, there is “bad debt” (ie, credit card debt, a payday loan), or an investment that quickly loses its long term value and has minimal potential to grow in value in the future. We all have had, or will have, some form of each debt over the course of our lives. Yet, what I want to call attention to is the debt that we share. The one debt that we all have in common. It is the obligation that connects and binds us to one another. The obligation that we all share, is the obligation to be more human.

Be more human:

Be vulnerable

Speak openly about your failures

Smile

Laugh

Cry

Love

Question

Care

Think

Change

Build

Respect

Listen

Learn

Grow

Give

Teach

Try

BE

Being more human is a “good debt”. Our investment in being more human connects us to one another. We make payments with emotional capital. Emotional capital that cultivates the growth we seek in our relationships. Failure to pay according to schedule doesn’t have an immediate impact on our lives. Instead, the negative impact accumulates over time, just as with financial debt. Ultimately, leaving us emotionally bankrupt and disconnected from our community and the world we live in.

Our obligation to be more human has no maturity date and the interest is payable daily.

Unfortunately, there is no auto-pay. It is hard, but we are obligated to do it.