“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” Marcus Aurelius from Meditations
Being thankful for what you have is one of the fundamental tenants of Stoic philosophy. To be happy and content with what is your life right now and indifferent to what you do not have is a sign of a good Stoic. I feel truly blessed and appreciative of what life has given me, the good and the bad. It has made me the man I am today.
This was my first Thanksgiving with family in three years and it was a wonderful occasion. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and I can say there is much truth in those words.
I’m thankful for the wonderful summer I have enjoyed without worrying about work or bills. I’m thankful for the country I live in and the amazing people who live here with me. We may not be a perfect bunch, but there is much to be said for the struggle that makes us better.
I’m thankful for new opportunities, both professional and personal. I’m even thankful for the past failures and the lessons learned.
I’m thankful for you, dear reader, who makes this blog such a joy. There is a small group who pass by from time to time and it is your comments that force me not to take my assumptions as valid, but encourage me to think critically about the investment choices I make.
This is only a small sample of the many things that I am thankful for. Putting some of it in writing gives those feelings of appreciation inside me a more concrete existence.
I’m a bit late, but I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And to my international friends who visit, yet do not celebrate the American version of Thanksgiving, you don’t need a special day to be thankful. The most moving expression of gratitude is that which is most spontaneous.