Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (in the U.S.). Those of my readers in Canada already celebrated their thanksgiving, to my knowledge.
The time of thanksgiving is a wonderful time in the year. It typically means a lot of food and a few extra days off from work. I grew up knowing that it was a time to gather with family and eat a big meal. I like to think that it is more than that, though.
Thankful Means Appreciating What you Have
Thanksgiving always forces me to realize everything that I have. I recognize that there is a great percentage of the world’s population that are struggling to put meals on the table. Here I am celebrating Thanksgiving with a huge meal in luxury. Can there be a stronger irony?
While somewhat conflicting, it points out that I appreciate what I have. I know that I didn’t earn everything that I have. There are many instances where I recognize how lucky I am to even have a day job, let alone making money from my side gigs.
Thankful Doesn’t Mean Stagnant
While thanksgiving communicates this notion of appreciation, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop working towards your goals. It doesn’t mean that you have to be completely satisfied and do not want to progress. As I sit around the Thanksgiving table, I want this holiday to hold these two ideas in tension. On the one hand I recognize that I am lucky to have what I have. I recognize that others don’t have some of the luxuries that I do and I want to give back. Yet, even while doing that, I also want to continue to be successful and work towards my goals. These two ideas do not have to conflict with each other.
After all, my goal is to create an income stream, not to build up wealth. Building up a passive income gives me possibilities to work towards anything I want. In my mind, having lots of money leans towards greediness. Making just enough to get by and not have to worry about working full-time is a different story. My passion with this blog and my other online ventures is to do just that.
Lastly, I know I couldn’t do it alone. I’m thankful for my family and family (both that I see on a regular occasion and my blogging friends as well). The world is a changing place.
Stay Connected, Stay dedicated.
What are you Thankful for?