The Dry Moat of Jerusalem

By David Geller   |   May 6, 2013

The old city of Jerusalem is surrounded by a wall and a moat. Not surprising, considering Jerusalem’s history of being attacked over the centuries.

What is surprising is that Jerusalem’s moat was never filled with water. A moat without water doesn’t add much to a city’s defenses. So, why did the Crusaders build the moat? Because that is how it was done at the time. You conquer a city, you build a wall and dig a moat to defend it – even if you don’t have water to fill the moat.

How often do we get caught in a similar trap? All too often.

We stay in a job we no longer enjoy because we have always been a lawyer, real estate broker, or doctor. We behave this way because it’s who we are and  what we do.

Our spiritual values have evolved over the years, yet we stay at the same church where we grew up – because our family has always been members of this church.

We crave the slower pace of a small town, yet we stay in the bustling metropolis – because this is where we have always lived.

Have you built a dry moat around your life? Maybe it’s time to lower the drawbridge, fill in the moat and create the life you have always desired.

About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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