Thanksgiving started in 1621 to give thanks to a bountiful harvest. It is a day to show thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation. We should, of course, be thankful on this Thanksgiving day. But we should also give thanks the rest of the year.
My way of remembering good things that happen to me is to write them down in my computer in a file called, “the nice people I met today.” My first entry is six years ago when my Toyota Prius broke down out in the country east of here. An older gentleman with a handicapped license plate stopped and let me use his cell phone. Then he insisted on going several miles to Safeway to buy me a bottle of water. The lady across the street invited me in to wait for the tow truck, and my neighbor let the dog out. Last week, the lifeguard at the Y made a suggestion while I was swimming and then made me promise I would try a different stroke next time. Nice people doing nice things.
So, what has this to do with Money Matters? When I ask clients and friends how they developed good money habits, several have told me it was their father who gave them good guidance and advice when they were growing up. One of my clients even selected me as her Money Coach because my comments reminded her of her father. So, a big thanks should go to Dad – or to Mom, or to whomever helped you learn good money habits. This is part of being grateful – saying thank you.
It got me to thinking that it might be good idea to keep a written record of good money ideas you hear or read about. Last week I talked about having the “right attitude” towards money and the importance of financial “education.” Most people listened and then went on with their lives. To keep ideas fresh and useable at a later time, perhaps we should make a note on a piece of paper, or in a computer, or in a tweet, or on a Facebook page. That way, the idea remains and can be used at some future point when we are in different circumstances.
Let’s be thankful for what we have and not complain about what we don’t have. And let’s keep a list of the good things that happen to us and the good money ideas we come across. Have a great Thanksgiving.