Being ThankfulSubmitted by Farrall Wealth on September 23rd, 2020
During this time of Thanksgiving in such a volatile year, I thought we might reflect on the things for which we are extremely thankful.
We all have been touched by COVID-19 somehow. Even if your health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.
Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity. Especially this year. Virtual/Facetime relationships are still very important and quite often, necessary.
Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life. I was lucky and have great parents. Love you Mom and Dad for everything.
Children and Grandchildren
Seeing newborn babies for the first time behind porch glass doors will hopefully never have to happen again. I did relish the time spent with our children and the conversations we had and love them very much.
Very thankful for a working refrigerator with food that seemed to fly out of it while the kids were home and the electricity to run it.
Money in the Bank
Since this is a financial column, having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.
Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love. Personally, our dogs are in the best shape of their lives from all of the family walks.
Having a Home
Although the definition of a home has changed this year, whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.
Freedom of Religion/Freedom of Speech
Being able to worship and vote for whomever and however you want is something many people never experience.
The one thing that has helped get us through 2020. You must have a sense of humor. Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.
Safety and Security
Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up more life.
Kindness of Strangers
We have seen some amazing things that people did in 2020 to help each other. Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.
Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food and Instacart saved us during quarantine.
Restaurants and Small Business
Stay local, be local.
This changed as well. Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.
Very, very thankful for this. Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.
A football season and sports
Just so very thankful for these.
People Willing to Teach
Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to cook or your mechanic showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new. Please be sure to thank all of your teachers.
The world has been in serious pain lately, but what would it be without the ability to love?
Thankful for all first responders and medical staff. Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.
Hopefully a new one is coming, right? What about all of the others from the past 200 years that have made us all live longer lives. Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.
Clean Water and Indoor Plumbing
Not much needs to be said about these.
To the men and women who serve, thank you. Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces. Thank you for your service.
Realizing all the things you should be thankful for is the first step to becoming a happier and wealthier person, overall.
Hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving season.