Next week is Thanksgiving week, and that means it’s time to pause and literally give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

As Americans living in the 21st century, it’s easy to take for granted all the bounty we enjoy. Let’s face it, no people in human history have lived in so much relative luxury, and enjoyed so much wealth, so much prosperity, so much peace, so much freedom and so much safety.

Yet despite our good fortune, many of us feel our lives really aren’t in our control. Many of us feel disconnected with our fellow citizens, and many of us feel the nation is far too polarized both politically and culturally.

Now, I certainly understand the impulse to concentrate on the problems one faces in life. And I also understand that America isn’t a perfect union. All one need do is observe the social animus of our nation’s political climate to easily arrive at that conclusion.

Yet despite her flaws, America remains a bastion of liberty, free minds, free markets, free choice and free thought.

Yes, I know that there are certain forces in Washington, on Wall Street and in academia and other institutions that are intent on exercising control over the economy, the markets and the culture. Still, I want you to keep in mind that you are in control of the most important ingredient in your recipe for success… and that ingredient is your own choices.

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the reality that…

  • Only you can control how you approach life
  • Only you can control how you react to events
  • Only you can be mindful of your inner life
  • Only you can take action that benefits yourself and others

Indeed, the fact that you own your own life is perhaps the ultimate reason to be thankful this holiday season, every holiday season… and every single minute of your existence.

So, as you reflect on the good fortunes in your life, whether that be family, friends, financial success, career success, good health, your church, your faith, your community, etc., I also want you to reflect on that most important ingredient that makes it all possible.

That ingredient is you, your independent mind and your relationship with reality.

This Thanksgiving be thankful for everything you have… especially your being.

Enjoy and be thankful for your good fortune.

 

Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC.  We work with successful top executives that have a driving ambition to crush their competition.  We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com

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