The meaning of being grateful when we already have so much

24 thoughts on “The meaning of being grateful when we already have so much”

  1. I love this time of year because even though we should always show gratitude, Thanksgiving brings it out of people more.

    I for one am thankful for the PF blog community. Just knowing that there is a group of extremely supportive people that will bring you into their own lives and share their experiences is comforting. You will always have people to turn to that are willing to help out with problems or questions you might have.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. The PF blog community really is great, isn’t it? So many dedicated people with a goal of financial independence and many of us early retirement as well – looking for a happier and more fulfilling life outside of money. And we all get to feed off of each other’s motivation; it ends up helping us all. πŸ™‚

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Freedom40. Yup, my better half likes to write these articles, and she’s a little better at getting in touch with her emotions anyway, so I gladly let her take these blog posts! πŸ˜‰

    1. True. We had a killer cherry pie last night…turned out better than I had imagined because I helped stir the cherries. And when I have my hand in food preparation, you never really know how it’s gonna come out. πŸ™‚

  2. As I was thinking of all the things I am grateful for this year, I noticed none of them are really things money can buy. Your list looks very similar. What a beautiful reminder of what is truly important in life – family, love, health, memories – things that cannot be housed in a McMansion or bought with credit cards. And THAT’s what it is all about, 365 days a year. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

    1. I noticed that too with a lot of the gratitude articles, ID. So much of what we as people are grateful for really don’t have much to do with money. And truthfully, they shouldn’t. Money comes and goes.

      Thanks for the comment, and all the best to you and yours.

  3. Hi Courtney! It’s so nice to see a post from you πŸ™‚ I’m fairly new to the pf community and didn’t know you and Steve did the blog together. I love it! (Also, I love your emoji turkey, haha. That is great!)

    I love your list of gratitude and hope that you and your family have a wonderful long weekend πŸ™‚ Happy (early) Thanksgiving to you and Steve!

    1. Ha! Yup, we are both partners in crime here on the blog, and she likes to do these kinds of articles every year. Weekend is going great so far.

      Hope all is well on your side and you ate well yesterday. πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks you so much for sharing this story. Personal reflection is so important and the holidays are the time to reflect. All of us in North America are so lucky just because of where we live. I always tell my kids that I won the birth lottery, because I was born in the USA.

    In my past life I traveled the world for business and I have seen extreme poverty. Today one of my passions is mentoring at risk youth. I bring along slideshows of my travels and tell stories of the people I’ve met and the extreme poverty I’ve seen in India, Africa, etc. American kids, even those living in poverty have no idea what real poverty is. We are blessed and this Thanksgiving I am thankful for where I was born and the opportunities I have that so many take for granted.

    1. Hi IH – yeah, we have a lot to be grateful for living in the United States – or any first world country. We don’t have to confront a lot of the world’s problems…many times we aren’t even aware of them, but when we do see the plight of many areas of our world, it’s always healthy to reflect on everything that we get to enjoy in this country.

      Thanks for commenting.

  5. This is wonderful Courtney. I think it’s so important to take stock in our blessings every now and then. Reading your list reminded me of some things I have been taking for granted.

    Enjoyed the post πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Bryan, we are looking forward to it as well. Loving the fall Arizona weather around here, that’s for sure. A little cool yesterday, but should hit the 70s again in a few days. Woohoo! πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Courtney – I don’t have too much to add here other than to tell you this was excellent to read and very refreshing. I appreciate that you can find the little things to be grateful for. One problem I am starting to see is this “first world problems” thing. We complain about the dumbest crap. For example… people saying that their queen-sized bed is too small. Do we ever stop to think that there are some people who don’t even get to sleep on a bed? We complain about watching commercials, not getting enough food on our plates at restaurants, or not having a fully loaded SUV with leather and bluetooth. If we don’t stop to be grateful for the little things in life, we’ll lose sight of why we’re really here. Thanks for this post – I hope you guys had a nice Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  7. Nice to hear from you, Courtney! Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

    So awesome that you guys have broken free of stuff, and are in great health. Kudos to you for that! And we’re so with you on the Internet — yeah, there are some bummers and some trolls, but overall it’s such an amazing source of connections and inspiration! including *your blog*! πŸ™‚

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