Norman Rockwell – Freedom from Want – Saturday Evening Post March 6, 1943
I’d like to end the week with a post that has nothing to do with real estate. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and before you get all wrapped up in the food, the football, the Macy’s parade and everything else that will be going on, take some time to give thanks. The concept of thanks giving can be based on religious or personal beliefs but all of us have many reasons to be thankful. Sometime between now and next Thursday, sit down in a quiet place and just about the things for which you are grateful:
- For family and friends who love you, have made a difference in your life, and who value you for who you are and the relationships they share with you.
- For the security you have, living in a country where terrorism and oppression are not a part of daily life.
- For the variety of opportunities you have to be yourself, to express your opinions without fear of reprisals or retribution, and to worship (or not worship) according to your own beliefs and traditions.
- For your opportunities to grow and learn, regardless of who your parents were, or the color of your skin, or the nationalities of your forefathers.
- For the significance and recognition of what you’ve done as part of your family or your occupation.
- For your health, your eyesight, your hearing and the other things you take for granted until you lose them.
- For the chances you still have to spend your time and talents to make the world just a little bit better than it would be without you.
When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how big your house is, or what kind of car you drive. These aren’t the things that bring you real happiness. Whether you call them blessings or something else, spend some time to think about the things that are really important and to give thanks for them. Isn’t there someone who’d love to get a call from you to hear you say how grateful you are that they were a part of your life?