It’s easy to take the people and things in our lives for granted –– our families, friends, jobs, good health. And we don’t even realize we’re doing it until they’re not there anymore.
I was reminded of this recently, talking with people who were impacted by the devastating fires in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. Some lost their homes –– burned to the ground, reduced to a pile of rubble. Others were evacuated for a week or more, not knowing if they would have a home or a neighborhood to come back to. Yet, they were all grateful. Those evacuated had a new appreciation for what they almost lost. And even the ones who lost everything were grateful to have made it out alive with their families and pets.
We often focus on the things in life we want or feel we’re missing –– more money, a new car, a bigger house, a job promotion. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Having goals and working toward them are important to achieving the life we want.
But it’s equally as important to be grateful for everything we already have in our lives –– our families, homes, good health, jobs, friends. By appreciating what we have and not taking anything in our lives for granted, we gain a sense of satisfaction and see the glass of our lives as half full, rather than half empty.
Personally, I’m grateful for my wonderful family and circle of friends, and for a job that gives me the opportunity to do what I love doing most: helping people succeed financially. I’m proud to work at a respected financial institution that does so many great things for so many wonderful members.
So this Thanksgiving, I invite you to take time to reflect on all the people and things in your life you’re grateful for –– everything you would miss if it all went up in smoke. Gratitude for what we have is a wonderful feeling –– and it opens the door to more abundance and prosperity in the future.
Wishing you and your family a Thanksgiving Holiday filled with gratitude and joy.