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How to Be Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. 

This time of year always gets me feeling thoughtful and introspective.  Like Ernest Hemingway without the drinking… or the man parts. 

The Ernest in me is thinking about being thankful – BIG stretch, seeing as how tomorrow's Thanksgiving. 

Writing a financial blog (and having a pulse in general) requires that, at times, I ponder negative issues like bankrupcy, debt, overspending and MC Hammer. 

These ponderings usually lead me to reflections on cheesy song lyrics:

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.

Lee Greenwood, Proud to be an American

Most people I know – apart from my mother who notoriously claims that even if a ninja appeared and sliced off her arm, that she would simply be grateful that she still had the other – would wallow for at least a couple of days after losing-everything before counting those lucky stars. 

BUT, they would eventually be thankful for what they had left. 

Financially and generally we sometimes become dissatisfied, not with what we have, but with what we don't have.  I've come up with a little remedy for that. 

How to be thankful for socks: don't wear them for a week.

How to be thankful for family: spend Thanksgiving apart from them.

How to be thankful for your right arm: cut off your left arm (DO NOT ATTEMPT, just take my word for it).

Striving towards a better life and better finances are great goals.  Just don't forget to count your assets; they'll help you achieve those goals even sooner.    

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all.  

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/11/2010

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