Giving Thanks that our Government Has Not Yet Ruined My Financial Life
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I lack confidence in the ability of the federal government to competently manage our economy. Both Congress and the Executive Branch are now painfully reminding us why economics is known as the “dismal science.”
Nevertheless, on this Thanksgiving Eve, Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and I are thankful for many things in our lives, including the realization that our government has not yet succeeded in beating us into submission. We have three wonderful sons, two gainfully employed in secure jobs and the third doing well in college. They continue to live debt-free lives.
I still have my job, my health, a wife whom I adore and who still tolerates me after 31 years, and a couple of black labs who do not know any better than to give us unconditional love. As I write this, we are preparing to embark on a holiday trip to see extended family who (I think) will greet us with smiles and open arms. We have money in the bank that will see us through difficult times. We have hope and optimism that whatever additional financial damage the government inflicts on us, we can and will recover.
I am enormously grateful that there are people – you for example – reading what I write here. I hope that each of you can find plenty to be thankful for this year.
Earlier today, my long-time friend and law partner forwarded to me this quote from writer and newspaperman Emile Henry Gauvreau:
I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.
This made me stop and think about where I am and where I am headed in my money life. I want to be able to speak in the past tense about such things as Mr. Gauvreau did. I am not 100% there yet but I am a lot closer than I used to be. And for that, I am very thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Thanks for reading.