Happy tax day 2011!

April 18, 2011

Tax Day, New York City

Tax day in New York City (Image by @superamit via Flickr)

Yes – I mean it – Happy tax day. If you are here in the United States like I am, Monday, April 18th is the big day this year  In case you were wondering, I am not in the group that pays no taxes. As a matter of fact, because of a fluke (or was it poor financial planning… hmm…) related to when certain payments came into one of our businesses, we ended up paying a hefty chunk of money on income that we actually never saw.

So why did I title this post “Happy tax day 2011!”? We just wrote  a bunch of checks we hadn’t counted on, and that wasn’t easy. I say it because I am incredibly, sincerely grateful for all that those taxes bring us. (I’m not talking about the three wars we are in. Those are being financed through out of control budget deficits… But that is a story for another day.)

My experience is that gratitude is one of the best things we can do to experience personal happiness and satisfaction. All too often we get stuck in the rut of everything that is wrong. When I focus on what is right, it turns around and I feel great.

The choice is yours. You can feel angry about the share that we all pay to be part of this society. Or you can be grateful for this amazing place that we live. It is far from perfect. I’m not saying don’t make your voice heard for constructive change.

If tax day brings up anger or fear or frustration, I’m suggesting that you Give Gratitude a Chance. Be thankful for the money that you have to pay taxes, and for the freedoms that we have. If you have to write a check to the IRS, try thinking of how grateful you are that you have the money to write the check. Say it out loud – “I am grateful that I can write this important check.”

PS – Don’t quite have them done? Avoid the stress and ask for an extension. It’s one simple form and you’re done. Life is too short to stress about this. (THXVQ73D2DSE)

 

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