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A fork in the road

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Not too abstract and not concrete
unequivocal directions written
on an ambiguous parchment.

She did not understand why he was ambivalent,
then suddenly decisive
that some amorphous prize could be confined.

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360 degrees of Relationship Investment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

What is the definition of investment? The Collins English Dictionary says that the word originated in the 1590s from “putting on vestments” when a person assumed or was appointed to an office of authority, hence the clothing reference.

Later in the 1640s it meant maneuvering “vested” military leaders in an area to overwhelm an enemy and occupy their territory. Only after the (British) East India Company became a largely known enterprise by the 1740s did it mean the “conversion of money to property in hopes of a profit.”

The word’s significance today stems from its real estate speculation roots “as a vehicle for profit.” An investment is designed (hopefully) to make a profit. What is profit? First, let’s appreciate these very common and easily substituted synonyms for “investment.” Then we can see where profit is disregarded. Here is the synonym list:

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