I’m so Thankful! Aren’t you?


“Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.”   Bernard Melzer

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”   W.T. Purkiser


The Thanksgiving Holiday will be celebrated on November 22nd this year.  All too often families just have increased stress between parents, children, and relatives during the holidays.  This is sad and leaves too many exhausted and out of sorts.  I hope you will make a resolution this Thanksgiving to take time, with whomever you spend the holiday- even if you are alone, and to write down a list of what the group is thankful for.  The task will make you feel more positive and truly help you count your many blessings!  Be certain everyone attending gets a copy of the list to read over throughout the holiday season.

I want to focus on some of the many, many things I’m thankful for right now.

  • My son graduated college in 2012 and has a terrific job!
  • My daughter is in her freshman year of college and has made the Dean’s list!
  • I am in good health and try to get to the gym on a somewhat regular basis!
  • I love my career and can’t imagine doing anything else – my vocation is truly my avocation!
  • I have the very best relationship manager in the whole wide world!  Those of you who know Joyce Whitworth will certainly agree with me.
  • I’m blessed to have so many delightful clients who are friends as well as professional relationships.  Many have been with me well over 25 years!  What a treasure you are.  You have enriched my life in so many ways!
  • I’m constantly learning new things – in the financial planning field there is no time to be stale or rely on past solutions.  The markets are dynamic and ever in motion.  Tax laws change.  As I say, there are three (3) certainties in life:  Change, Death and Taxes!
  • I live in the United States of America – home of the free and land of the brave where we can all have a voice and an opinion without fear of retribution.
  • My career lets me provide continuing service to clients as long as I choose to do so – no forced retirement here.
  • Our radio show, Financial Strategies for Life, done with Mary Jo Lyons provides both of us the opportunity to reach many listeners weekly with information on all things financial in an understandable way.  Listen in every Tuesday from 8-9 AM, EST on WSIC 1400 AM, wsicweb.com for live streaming, or TuneIn radio App on your mobile device.
  • I’m blessed to have an optimistic outlook on life in general.  It makes everything else so much better.
  • There will always be a need for the services and expertise I provide!
  • I get the opportunity to interact with some wonderful professionals in many fields and we work together for the benefit of our clients.
  • I’m thankful for the internet!  Gee, how did I get along without it?
  • I’m grateful Cracker Barrel is open and one can get a full Thanksgiving dinner for less than $10 if you don’t want to cook or are spending the holiday alone.
  • There simply isn’t enough room for all my gratitude’s!

A suggestion for you:

Oprah Winfrey is well known for many things.  One nugget I picked up from reading her magazine that has certainly worked for me and others I know follows:  Keep a gratefulness journal.  Each day write down 5 things you are grateful for that day; sometimes it can be as basic as being alive that day (hopefully you don’t have too many days like that).  In addition, get some 3 x 5 index cards and write down positive affirmations about yourself.  Remember what you have to be thankful for and for the positive things you bring to others.  We live in such a negative world where the focus is too easily on what is wrong rather than what is right.  Psychologists have proven, as if there was any doubt that being positive and having a grateful expectancy from life makes one more satisfied and successful in life.  The journal will also serve as a personal inspiration as the years pass and be a legacy for your family.

Let us know what you are grateful for this season!  We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Holidays!


About Sara Seasholtz

Sara Seasholtz, CFP®, was voted one of "50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte" by The Mecklenburg Times in 2011, and has assisted her clients with their financial planning needs for over 40 years. Have a financial question? ASK SARA!


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