M.D. Personal Journal and Roundup
Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic week. Fall is my favorite time of year. The temperature cools down, the leaves change color, and everything is pumpkin spiced. We all lead busy, crazy lives, and we don’t spend enough time for conscious quiet reflection. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I started to think about the concept of gratitude. Gratitude changes our perspective and is one of the most powerful emotions to have. It’s easy to look around us and feel we don’t have enough.
We may have thoughts like ‘I don’t have enough money’, ‘I’m not spending enough time with my spouse and kids’, ‘I don’t have enough time for myself’. Or ‘I wish I had a better job, a nicer house, a more luxurious car’. If we just pause and look around at what we do have- and be thankful, we can change our perspective for the better. Who wouldn’t want to feel less envy, less anger, less anxiety, and less sadness. Gratitude fills us with positive feelings like serenity, security, joy, and peace. Gratitude strengthens our relationships with others and allows us to better deal with adversity. Gratitude has a way of focusing our view on what is truly important in our lives. Make gratitude your unfair advantage. People who show gratitude attract other people, more opportunities, and more wealth. They are generous and giving, and in a funny way, generosity attracts even more wealth.
The simplest and most basic things in our lives can easily be taken for granted. Just ask any refugee in the world who has next to nothing. How is their life going? There is no comparison to the unimaginable hardships they have to endure. How many refugees do you think are in this world? How does 65.6 million people sound? Now that’s perspective.
Living a rich and wealthy life is not about having money, or material things. It’s about having enough and appreciating what you have. It’s about sharing and giving back.
Practice gratitude regularly. I try to incorporate thoughts of thankfulness at least once a week and it has really allowed my mind to focus on what is truly important.
So, these are the things I am grateful for;
- My Family. They are the Why. Why I go to work and try to better myself everyday.
- The Internet. Truly a modern miracle. An abundance of knowledge and information is just a click away. Not to mention you can order any kind of cuisine and it will appear at your door in less than one hour via Doordash.
- Health. Last week I had a nasty cold and lost my voice. As a radiologist, I dictate all day so I struggled for two days by ‘whisper dictating’. Otherwise, I am thankful for good health.
- All modern amenities like running water, electricity, HVAC, plumbing, refrigerators, automobiles, and medicine.
- Shelter and clothing
- This blog and its readers. I’m grateful I can educate and interact with others through this forum.
What are you thankful for? I’d love to hear your comments.
I leave you with some quotes on gratitude.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
“Live everyday with an attitude of gratitude. When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” Naomi Williams
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” Robert Quillen
Here are some interesting articles from the past week.
The opioid epidemic is devastating parts of America. It wrecks families and relationships. This Time article about a couple who overdosed in a video that went viral humanizes the subject. Life After Addiction.
In middle school she was bullied relentlessly. So Natalie Hampton, created an anti-bullying app Sit With Us. This article talks about ‘social capital’ and ‘social greed’ and how kids learn it early in childhood. Meet The Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital.
Cryptocurrencies is the hottest investment right now, but I just don’t understand it. Lyn Alden breaks it down in her blog and it’s one of the best comprehensive explanations I’ve encountered. How to Value Cryptocurrencies.
The White Coat Investor unpacks the Republican Tax bill on his latest podcast. Tax Reform Bills Currently in Congress.
I’m always interested in how wealthy people invest and how they got to where they are.
ESI Money posted Millionaire Interview 27.
The Money Habit gave us a peek. Four One Percenter Couples Share How They Manage Their Money.
Happy reading and have a great weekend.