Darren’s come up with a Thanksgiving challenge. He suggests:
“My challenge to you is to think of an area of your life you are
having difficulty in and want to improve. For the next 21 days, take
three minutes at the end of the day and write down what about that
problematic situation you appreciate, what’s good and what you’re
grateful for. This could be a confrontational co-worker at the office,
your job as a whole or your troubled marriage… anything or anyone that
frustrates or negatively affects you.
I promise you, when you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.”
It seems like my voiceover work is starting to slow now that we’re getting closer to Christmas. This is good for now, as it opens up some time for me to take care of some tax planning, a month’s worth of filing and assorted errands.
I’m actually already starting to move some of this year’s files out of the cabinet into boxes. All the while wondering what happened to the predicted “paperless society”.
The CPA gave me some news about projected tax payments because I have more income this year and am taxed at a higher rate as I’m self-employed. So I ‘ll be writing a fat check with a few zeros to the IRS come April. Not that I feel exceptionally generous toward the IRS, but I truly am thankful that I live in the free world!
This is the time of year that many of us feel more generous, even though we should be all year. I try to be.
It’s important to not only be generous toward those with less but not be envious of those with more. I’d rather not allow envy or jealousy cloud my being. Sometimes I fall into that thinking, and then I realize I’m kind of feeling sorry for myself. I’ll then make myself do something to help those less fortunate than myself, or become involved in a community or church project.
This time of year I always purchase extra cans of food and take them to a local food pantry.
I am going to commit to do this on a more regular basis during the year. I’m sure that will remind me of how fortunate I am for all my blessings.