In light of the coming holiday season I wanted to share a story that I heard last weekend.
A man was walking down the street and ran into one of his good friends that he hadn't seen in a while. He could tell that something was obviously troubling his friend so he asked what was wrong.
He responded, "My grandfather died two months ago and left me with a $30,000 inheritance."
"Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather," the man replied. "But $30,000 is a great gift to have fall into your lap."
"There's more to it though," his friend continued. "Last month my cousin died and left me $5,000."
"Wow," the man responded. "I'm sorry to hear about that loss as well."
"And what's more," his friend continued. "Two weeks ago I got a check in the mail with a letter attached saying that my great aunt died and left me with an inheritance of $500,000."
"Are you kidding?" The man stammered out. "She must have really liked you a lot. Half a million dollars if a ton of money. But why do you look so depressed?"
His friend then dropped his shoulders and said, "Well, I haven't gotten anything at all this week!"
In this story it sounds so ridiculous that someone could be that ungrateful. But how often are we guilty of forgetting our past successes and focusing only on what ailments we might see at the present time.
My challenge for you is to take some time this weekend to remember the times when it felt like money came easy. Whether that was during a big stock rally, an inheritance, a big tax return, please don't gamble, an unexpected raise our promotion, etc.
Write that experience down somewhere, even if it's just one word and a dollar value. Then put it somewhere you will see it often so you can look at it when times seem rough or sporadically just to make you smile. (A great place would be in your wallet where your cash should go for those times when you open it up and realize your out of cash. :))
Have a great weekend.
P.S. As a last reminder, people are more likely to be generous with people who they know will show sincere gratitude.