Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. I think it really is a great time to give thanks for what you have. This should include the love of family and friends, as well as the goods and services we enjoy.
While it is easy to see all of the bad things going on in the world and to be pessimistic about the economy and the job market, we should also step back and realize how blessed most of us are.
If you are reading this blog, then you either have a computer or have access to a computer or some kind of electronic device. The word “blog” as we know it today certainly didn’t exist 20 years ago.
I also like to think about food, particularly since Thanksgiving involves eating a big meal. Most of us don’t have to go out and pick our own food or hunt for our meat, unless it is by choice. We can just go to the grocery store and walk down the aisles and pick out what we like best. Then we take out our credit card (or cash or food stamps or checkbook) and the food is all ours. We can take it home and enjoy it under the roof of our shelter in a comfortable climate.
This is the miracle of property rights and the division of labor.
Whenever you get really stressed out over something like a job or being tight on money, you should just think about what you do have and the luxuries you do enjoy.
This doesn’t mean you should never complain, especially when it comes to the politicians stealing your money. But for your own health and well being, it is important to take time every now and then to recognize the good things that you have.