“Not everything which can be measured counts, and not everything which counts can be measured.”
–on Albert Einstein‘s desk
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? I just hit myself with that question recently. Perhaps it’s the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, or the tragedy in the Philippines. But for whatever reason, I’ve been more reflective lately.
One of my daughter’s friends told her parents recently that she loved going to the Courter’s because they have more toys than she does. Funny thing is that my children say the same thing when going to their friends’ homes. What’s really happening is that the girls are more focused on what they don’t have rather than on what they do.
In many ways, financial planning is like that. We focus on where we want to be 5, 10, or even 30 years down the road. There’s nothing wrong with having goals. As long as we don’t take for granted the many blessings we already have.
Financial planning also has a tendency to measure things in dollars and cents. In fact, it’s impossible not to. But there are so many things that can’t be measured financially.
Here are 10 things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving:
- I’m thankful for a loving God who answers my prayers and gives me my daily bread.
- I’m thankful for a wonderful wife who frankly, I don’t deserve.
- I’m thankful for three beautiful daughters who make me stop and smell the roses.
- I’m thankful for parents who taught me to value character, frugality, and hard work.
- I’m thankful for friends who drop everything to help me when I need help.
- I’m thankful I live in a country of immense freedom and opportunity.
- I’m thankful I live in a place where the worst natural disaster is a huge snow storm.
- I’m thankful for clients who pay me to do what I love to do.
- I’m thankful for my health.
- I’m thankful for turkey and mashed potatoes. (I can’t be too serious here).
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?