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What I was supposed to write about about today was taxes. Death and taxes actually. However, there’s something a bit more off topic that has been weighing heavily on my mind. For years most of my writing and those of similar sites such as IWillTeachYouToBeRich (his much greater success aside of course :) ) have written about is getting ahead.

How to get ahead financially.

How to get ahead in your career.

How to get ahead ahead ahead ahead…

Something that gets lost in the fray is this: simple appreciation. It so so easy to get caught up in what you want to do, what you want to have, and what you believe you deserve that what you do have might not take up the space in your mind where it should reside: the very front.

Many people have broken and split families, with bitter divorces, parents that dont speak to children, children that dont speak to parents, children with no parents, or even people with no family whatsoever. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife, son, brothers and sisters, in laws, and friends that make my life worth living. Having money is important in the world we live in, having friends and family is vastly more important. Be thankful for the friends and family you have. When we moved into our neighborhood a wonderful neighbor came over and gave Lauren and I some cookies and Jackson a baby outfit. She thought she had a cold. Six months later she died of lung cancer having never smoked in her life.

Many people do not have their health. I have been blessed to be healthy and have a healthy family. If you are healthy, remember, no amount of money in the world can buy back wasted health.

Many people do not have jobs. For those of us who do, even if it is not your dream job, you have a job. A job means opportunity.

There are many other things in life to appreciate, most of which do not cost outrageous sums of money, or are free. Though I believe ultimately in striving for success in life, success comes in many forms, so, keep reaching for whatever goals you would like to attain, but also don’t forget to appreciate what you do have.

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