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Financial Thanksgiving List

by The Happy Rock on November 27, 2008

In the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving I wanted to list all of the financial related blessings of the last year.

  • thank-you-bucket-flowerAnother year debt free, except for the mortgage
  • The ability to provide for two wonderful children
  • Second adoption paid for with cash
  • $11,000 adoption tax credit
  • $2,000 adoption assistance from my employer
  • Two flexible, solid, well paying jobs
  • $5/hour raise for The Happy Rockette
  • Income and symbiotic relationships from The Happy Rock and other projects
  • Top %1 standard of living in the world – Check yours at Global Rich List
  • Warm, comfortable, home in a good neighborhood
  • The means to give to multiple different people, family, and organizations

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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John @ Curious Cat Investing Blog November 27, 2008 at 8:59 am

I really like the global rich list. So many people in the USA think they have difficult financial challenges, and to some extent they do. However, the struggles billions of other people face, today, are much greater than all but a few in the USA. The global rich list shows how wealthy you are (even if it is a bit misleading at an absolute level, still the overall message is valid) compared to everyone else in the world.

Shouldn’t you be able to be satisfied being in the top 1 out of 100 people? Do you really need to be in the top 1 of 10,000 people to be financially secure? If so, I think examining your “needs” is a good step. Appreciate how wealthy you are, instead of focusing on how many additional material goods you could have with even more money.

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Peter @ Wealth Creation December 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm

You certainly have a lot to be grateful for. Living debt free and financially secure is rare these days. I really don’t quite agree with that global rich list. It makes you want more than what you need.

The real trick to financial security is, like John said, separating your needs from your wants. Being rich does not equal being happy. I have lived among some of the poorest people in the world, and let me tell you, many were far far happier than the richest guys I’ve known on wall street.

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