In our society where it’s value to push forward to try to get ahead at all times, being happy for what we have can often be construed as laziness. Keeping a positive attitude, and even happiness, might seem out of place where big success hasn’t been achieved yet. The thinking is that once we are satisfied and content, we won’t work hard to get ahead. Instead, we’ll get stuck in place.
The message: always keeping driving forward to achieve more and more. There is always more money to be made, a better house to buy, a flashier car to drive, more muscles to build or weight to lose, etc.
Personally, while I do take that approach quite often, I’ve come to believe that sometimes we just have to just step back and take stock of what we have. While doing that, look for the positives and for the things we can appreciate having.
In short, for many of us, there is much for which we can be thankful.
I’ve been thinking about this, as I keep driving forward toward the never ending quest and thirst for achievement. Sometimes, it seems, we need to stop and smell the roses as they say. Additionally, we might even stop and realize how lucky we might actually be.
- Think you have a long way to go toward retirement? Well, there are plenty of people who don’t have a sufficient emergency fund, let alone funds for retirement!
- Worried about not getting ahead in your career? There are tons of people who have fallen into the category of the long-term unemployed, and haven’t been able to find work for a long time.
- Upset that you’re living in a modest home, while your friends are living in nice homes that they bought? Well, there are plenty of people who lost their homes to foreclosure and have had their lives turned upside down.
- Frustrated that you still have work ahead of you to get out of debt? Well, there are people with families that declare bankruptcy and have trouble putting food on the table.
You get the idea.
What I’m getting at, as you see, is that I’ve been thinking that it’s a good time for me to stop and reflect on what I do have, as opposed to what I’m working toward or what I want. It’s humbling, in a way, to get out of our own ego and truly stop and think about the good things that we really do have.
Thinking of the personal finance hierarchy of needs, I’m thankful to have the base level covered: food, shelter, and medical care when needed. I’m at varying stages with the next levels up, which is something to be thankful for as well. So what if the top of the pyramid is many years away? Things are good now in many ways.
For many of us, when it comes to our money, there is probably at least one thing we can be truly thankful for. Right?
My Questions for You:
Do you take enough time to reflect on what you’re thankful for when it comes to your finances?
What are the things you’re most thankful for these days? Please feel free to share whether money-related or otherwise.