I wanted to take a slight detour this holiday week - away from real estate, business, and all the things we get worked up over during the course of a normal week - and talk instead about Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving. It's a time to be thankful - to reflect, and to share our gratitude with friends and family. But it should be even more...
Our great-grandfathers' great-grandfathers
had a lot to complain about:
- Taxation without representation.
- Being ruled by a monarch an ocean away, whom they didn't elect.
- Information could only travel as fast, and as far, as a horse could carry it.
- Science and medicine were not very helpful in their day-to-day affairs.
- Education was difficult to come by. So was pushing your children into a higher socioeconomic status.
- Ale was safer to drink than water, so they drank a lot of it.
- Candlelight, or a lantern, was the best option for working in the evenings.
Life wasn't easy, yet they came together to achieve amazing results. They fought for their independence, then they created a new country!
we complain when the a/c isn't cold enough, the hot water runs out, or the wi-fi is too slow (even while flying non-stop across the country in an airplane.) We have over 200 channels and can't find anything to watch. We criticize the pharmacy if the wait is too long, and feel bored when our leisure time isn't filled with exciting activities and destinations.
Don't even get me started on Facebook postings about presidential hopefuls!
Honestly, it's all a bit ridiculous.
The world we live in is over-the-top amazing, and we are all lucky to have been born where and when we were!
Boring is an attitude, a state of mind. But not the truth.
Opportunity is wherever you decide to look.
Let's give gratitude freely, and often.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Holidays.
- Chris Butterworth