And I immediately went into why it was a bummer to pay this much in taxes. And then I stopped, took a breath and gathered myself. I can’t NOT pay my taxes, of course, so it’s a situation I cannot change. I must accept it. And so in a moment like this, when we cannot change a situation, we can only begin to change the way we view it.
And so I started my gratitude practice: “What can I be grateful for in this situation?”
Here’s my list:
Paying taxes means I made a profit – this is something to be SUPER grateful for.
I have enough money in the bank to pay my taxes and still be okay – AWESOME.
I am, for the first time, contributing to America by paying taxes through a corporation that I created – that’s cool!
This is the first time an enterprise I’ve started has ever made a profit.
I have a great accountant who helped me get everything sorted out on time.
I am able to get credit card points by paying my taxes using my credit card.
By paying my taxes, I can keep operating as a business and continue to grow.
I could keep going, but this was a good part of the list. And after I looked at this long list, it was obvious to me that this was a good thing. So, instead of being BUMMED to pay my taxes, I am actually paying them with joy and gratitude.
Obviously this blog is not just about taxes. The idea that when we cannot change a situation, we must begin to change the way we view it – shows us how much power we have in life. I’m not saying that all you have to do is “be positive”. That’s crap and I don’t believe it. But you CAN ALWAYS give situations an EMPOWERING meaning. There is a difference between positivity and empowerment. Positivity to an excess can be dangerous. Empowerment is possible and pragmatic in every situation – and if we are to THRIVE, necessary in every situation!
Are there any things in your life that you can’t change? How can you change the way you see them? How can you give an empowering meaning to those hard things you can’t change?
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