Thanksgiving: A Lifestyle Choice?
Every year it seems that Thanksgiving becomes a bit more “squished”. The Halloween candy gets put away in favor of large displays of red and green merchandise. Stores which once were closed are now having special sales beginning Thanksgiving night. The attitude of gratitude gets boiled down to one day - or perhaps a portion of the day. Even family dinners are compressed as people rush to catch the score of the football game or stare down at their phones instead of taking in the table talk. So how can we extend that feeling of thankfulness?
- Call an old friend - someone you lost touch with not for any reason other than “life”. Get together for that lunch or drink you said you would but never did. Don’t make their funeral the next time you see them because you never got around to calling. Those friends from “back in the day” who knew you “when” are some of the best friends you’ll ever have in your life - let them know it.
- Share your bounty - From coin canisters to toy and coat drives to food pantries, there are many opportunities to give to those less fortunate. If you have abundance, don’t be wasteful. Let others share these blessings.
- Be mindful - Become more aware of your words and actions and how they impact other people. Be more generous with praise and encouragement. A positive word and a smile of appreciation can go a long way.
- Spend time not money - Making memories together is one of the best things in life. It doesn’t have to cost a thing. Take time out to make a snowman with the kids or to drive around looking at lights and decorations. They will “remember that time when…” for years to come (far longer than the expensive fad toy that breaks).
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be fleeting. It can be a lifestyle choice. Let it linger.
The opinions expressed are those of the author. Seek professional advice before taking any action in regard to your finances.
Todd A. Slingerland, CFP®
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