Wal-Mart and Sears will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. That will eventually force many big box retailers to open on Thanksgiving as well. I guess it was inevitable.
Times are getting tougher for retailers and there is a lot of focus on making money right now, as there should be on a corporate level. But on a personal level it encourages more of us to be more focused on spending money this Thanksgiving. And money is important.
But we are often focusing too much on it, especially during the upcoming holidays. It’s been said many times before, but it’s true, you need to focus less on money during the holidays. You need to focus on giving thanks on Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for what you have — not your financial assets — but the other things that make life so worth living.
I proposed to my wife on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial on Thanksgiving eve. Fortunately she said yes! So ever after I have had something special to give thanks for on Thanksgiving.
Especially during difficult times and even more so if they get more difficult, each person needs to focus on the things other than money that add joy to their lives, whatever that may be. And, as I said in the book I co-authored, Aftershock, each of us needs to do our part to help each other in difficult times and to make sure we don’t judge a person by the size of their wallet, but by the size of their heart and the quality of their character.
It’s a simple message and we all know it’s true. So, I don’t need to say much more. The only problem with the message is that it’s so easy to ignore. So try not to ignore it this holiday season. Try, try to do something more.
By the way, it’ll be easy to find me this Thanksgiving eve. I’ll be the one kneeled down on one knee on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial holding my wife’s hand and we’ll both be remembering what really counts in life and how much we have to be thankful for.
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