Tax time.

Saturday the better half and I spent a romantic Valentine eve with our accountant. Before and after my Florida trip I spent countless hours organizing receipts and tallying up numbers. The better half spent many more hours than I sorting, figuring and solving problems. I thank him for his hard work. Balancing accounts is not my forte, especially multiple ones.

It is truly amazing to calculate it all up and see how much came in and how much went out. Dizzying would make a good adjective here. We are blessed. We are also blessed with quite the sizable tax bill. Once again we are blessed.

It is all mindset. Abundance is a mindset.

We could choose to focus on how much went out or what we could have done with the amount paid in taxes. We could choose to try to squeeze even more write offs and find one more penny to avoid paying. We could be angry that the government was taking what we had earned, what was ours. Choosing any of this is choosing to focus on what we don’t have. It’s a scarcity mentality.

One gets what one chooses to focus on.

Instead we choose to focus on abundance. We focus on what we do have. We celebrate goals achieved and celebrate the steps we took toward goals we are still working toward. We set new goals. We are grateful that we pay taxes. Paying taxes means we made money. We feel gratitude for the money we have to pay the taxes and bless the money that leaves our hands that it may bless all that it touches.

We have a beautiful home. We have nice cars, furniture, vacations, clothes, retirement accounts and investments. We have good health and we have each other. We have a wonderful life and a big part of that life is the society around us. That society exists because of our taxes. It exists because of the taxes you paid as well.

We choose gratitude and abundance. We feel contentment, happiness, peace and security.

It’s a mindset.

a·bun·dance (ə-bŭn′dəns)
a. A great or plentiful amount: an abundance of rain.
b. The condition of being in rich supply: bananas growing in abundance.
a. Degree of plentifulness: “Species of low abundance are ignored in the calculation of predominance” (William M. Lewis).
b. Chemistry The amount of an isotope of an element that exists in nature, usually expressed as a percentage of the total amount of all isotopes of the element.
3. Affluence; prosperity: living in abundance.

5 thoughts on “Mindset

  1. I feel the same way. I have to be grateful for income that I pay taxes on. It still stings to write that check every year.

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