Sometimes we need to just slow down and think about all the things in life we have to be thankful for. It seems that we are bombarded every minute of every day with news that can be unpleasant. The things we as humans can do to hurt each other in thought, word and deed is endless. We can’t stop the newsfeeds or the posts, but during this holiday season and beyond, we can be more thoughtful about the ways we react and interact with one another on a personal level.
Veterans Day has just passed, Thanksgiving is upon us, Christmas is right around the corner and then it is New Year’s Day plus all the other holidays celebrated this time of year by our diverse nation!
I am thankful for all of our veterans who have served and sacrificed including all service members currently enlisted in our armed services to protect the rest of us and our allies. Our family has been in this country since before the American Revolution starting with the original Jacob Keller emigrating from Germany through Switzerland to North Carolina. It is amazing to me the number that have served throughout our nation’s history. Now our own Aggie son Jacob Keller serves as a Captain in U.S. Army Reserves. I expect that almost all families in this nation have long histories of family members that have served and it builds a bond between us as Americans that we should all be proud of.
As we come together for Thanksgiving this year be thankful for the blessings we have both great and small. Think of others and how we might be able to help, give or share. Reach out and include someone who may be alone this year. The more the merrier and I expect there will be plenty of turkey to go around!
When the Christmas holidays come, hold your family and friends close. Spend as much time together as you can. As I get older, time is becoming more precious. From a professional perspective, I seem to have more demands on my time even though I am supposed to be slowing down. We simply have to prioritize to make time for what is most important, our family and friends.
Well, all this and I have not said anything about income taxes, estate planning, financial planning or asset allocation. This article was about the allocation of your most important and limited asset, the time we spend with family and friends.
With the New Year let’s work together to move forward to build a better future for our families and unity for our nation. Here’s wishing you all a very happy holiday season from start to finish and a prosperous 2024!
Published in the Victoria Advocate
Lane Keller CPA/CFP® is a managing member of Keller & Associates CPAs, PLLC and KMH Wealth Management, LLC.