And So We Give Thanks
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
I love the Meister Eckhart quote above. This is one of the reasons Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is about the one saving grace everyone can easily access. During this particularly stressful year, it is comforting to know that saying “thank you” is enough to lift us above all the fears we may be facing whether due to COVID-19 or any other stressful situation.
COVID-19, The Election, And Other Stressors
It is virtually impossible not to feel some degree of stress in the face of all that is happening this year. I just read that the American Psychological Association found in a recent survey that, “68% of adults surveyed say the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their life – up from 52% in 2016. Across the board, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are significantly stressed. And Black adults had an even greater increase in stress from the election, from 46% in 2016 to 71% in 2020.” https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/10/election-stress
Perhaps you lost someone to COVID-19 this year. Maybe your kids missed out on graduation ceremonies from college or high school. Maybe your child’s big wedding got postponed. Maybe you are concerned about the environment or racial tensions in this country. This year seems to have produced more stressful circumstances than usual. Despite the stressors, if you can find things that make you feel grateful, you’re bound to feel better.
You Can’t Say Thank You Too Much
In an article from Harvard Business Review, I read, “Research clearly indicates expressing gratitude is beneficial to our health and well-being. We’re happier when we’re grateful. During a crisis, taking the time to thank others is vital to dampen loneliness, amp up social connections, and generate generosity. Yet, while the benefits of gratitude are widely acknowledged, we feel thankful a lot more often than we express it — and it seems to be least often expressed at work.” https://hbr.org/2020/05/in-times-of-crisis-a-little-thanks-goes-a-long-way
Thank You One And All
I would like to thank everyone who reads the blogs and articles I post here. It is my hope that in addition to helping you make sound financial plans and decisions that the information I provide may also lift your spirits.
To my family and business associates, I extend a profoundly sincere thank you. I am so honored to be blessed by such beautiful souls as part of my family and business. A deepfelt "thanks" goes out to all of our clients. Thank you for sticking with us during this particularly challenging time. Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for your continued confidence and loyalty.
There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For
No matter what is happening, whether it appears to be “good” or “bad,” we can always look around and find something to be thankful for. Whether it’s a beautiful day, our loving pet, a fabulous meal, or the simple fact that we are breathing. And, as Meister Eckhart says, that one prayer of thanks will be enough.
From all of us at Retirement Resources, at this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. We extend our best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holiday season.