For the past few months (years, really) it seems like there's a 24/7 stream of bad news bombarding us all the time.
Markets, the economy, housing prices, grocery store prices, gas prices, and that whole COVID thing that's still happening.
It's a lot.
So, what do we do?
Do we give in to doom-scrolling and negative headlines?
Or do we look for the bright spots in our lives?
Gratitude and optimism always get my vote.
I don't mean putting our heads in the sand and ignoring what's happening.
I mean actively taking a look around and appreciating the blessings in our lives.
Our neighbors and communities.
Our place in this beautiful world.
I think the pros call that practicing "conscious gratitude."
What are you grateful for right now? Send me an email and let me know?
It's pretty common to hear financial folks like me say "focus on your long-term goals" or "stick with the strategy we built together."
That's easier for some people. They look to the horizon, take a deep breath, and keep on going.
Other folks find the uncertainty of what MIGHT come next challenging.
If that's you, what if we focus on being present and connecting with what's going well right now?
What's good in your world? What inspires you right now?
Can you let me know?
I wish I could tell you it was all going to be rainbows and unicorns ahead.
But it won't be. There will be bumps and rocks and potholes.
But amazing things are coming as well. I'm optimistic about what's ahead and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.
I'm grateful to have you in my life.
P.S. Want some inspiration? Here's a fantastic TED Talks by Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast on the relationship between gratitude and happiness.
P.P.S. Here's another one about timelapse photography and the power of natural beauty to inspire gratitude.