An Annual Thanksgiving Ritual to Instill

Good Morning Relaxing Retirement Subscriber,

It’s that wonderful time of year again!

Time for all of us to pause, take a deep breath, and step outside the “busy-ness” of our daily lives for a moment.

While it’s always a good idea to do this, Thanksgiving Day seems like the best time of all to instill a valuable annual ritual.

As we have all experienced over the course of our lives, it’s not hard to get caught up and distracted, and lose sight of what’s great all around us.

Because of this, it’s more important than ever to pause and take a 30,000 foot view of your life, and be creatively grateful.

Don’t wait for something to happen or for someone to say or do something to feel grateful. On this Thanksgiving Day, use your creative mind for a moment to experience gratitude for a moment.


Because when you’re experiencing a state of “gratitude”, it’s really hard to be fearful.

It’s hard to be anxious. To be resentful. To be impatient. To be angry. To be bored. To be sad, etc…

If you doubt this, try it. It’s impossible!


What should you try and be ‘creatively’ grateful about?

There are endless possibilities of what you could “choose” to feel grateful about, but here’s a quick and easy list I’ve shared in the past:

  1. You could choose to be grateful for who you’ve become and what you’ve been able to accomplish in your lifetime
  2. You could choose to be grateful for the fact that you live in a free country (for contrast, imagine growing up in communist Russia)
  3. You could choose to be grateful for the family you have
  4. You could choose to be grateful for the unbelievable variety of abilities of others who make your life better and easier by what they do best
  5. You could choose to be grateful that you’ve made important decisions in your life which have worked out for you
  6. You could choose to be grateful that you’ve made decisions in the past that didn’t work out, but that you had the opportunity to learn from them in order to make better decisions in the future
  7. You could choose to be grateful for putting yourself in a position to be financially independent!
  8. You could choose to be grateful for the values you’ve developed
  9. You could choose to be grateful for “the little things” that may go unnoticed as you rush through a typical day

Your Confidence Level

Take 15 “quiet” minutes to really think about these, and any other you may be able to imagine. And, then notice what happens to your confidence level and your day-to-day mindset.

Like you, I can also get “caught up” in my day-to-day life of deadlines and solving problems, and I too lose sight of the long term, big picture at times. We all do.

Right now, for instance, I could get caught up in a dozen different things on my “list” that I want to accomplish.

Instead, what I could choose to focus on for just one minute is how grateful I am to have such a terrific group of Relaxing Retirement members and friends to work and spend all my time with who appreciate what we do.

Stopping for just one minute to think about that literally changes my entire short and long term outlook. And, my confidence level.

So, take 15 minutes right now, just 15 minutes, and creatively think about what you are grateful for. It will completely change your outlook.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Committed to Your Relaxing Retirement,

Jack Phelps

The Retirement Coach
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