‘Tis the season. Many of us are working on our taxes, which, depending on your record keeping system, can be a delight for your feline assistants. After all, what’s more fun than diving into a shoebox full of receipts and watching them fly all over the place?
I spoil the fun for Allegra and Ruby by not using a shoebox system. My bookkeeping software, along with a pretty well organized file system, makes tax time about as painless as it can get, but every year, there’s still that moment, when I see my CPA’s number on the caller id, when I have to take a deep breath and brace myself for the bottom line. I have been blessed with a steadily growing business, which, of course, means that every year, I pay a little bit more in taxes.
This time of year, people always complain about having to write a check to the IRS, about how much they have to pay in taxes, and about how everything just keeps getting more and more expensive. This seems to be the prevailing “story” and it makes for good conversation around the water cooler and in social situations, because it’s something everybody can agree on, right?
I’ve been guilty of participating in those types of conversations, but I really try to avoid that line of thinking, because it is based in lack. I’m not suggesting that simply thinking about having money is going to create money, but I do think it’s beneficial to change how you think and talk talk about taxes, and about money in general. Thoughts and words carry energy, and that energy impacts how you live your life, as well as the choices you make – choices that extend beyond just financial decisions.
I’ve been trying to change my story and think about money from a place of gratitude, rather than lack. Rather than being angry at the IRS for “taking my hard earned money,” I’m grateful that I have a successful business. Rather than resenting writing that check to the electric company, I’m grateful that they’ve kept me warm all winter long. I know – it’s a leap in consciousness, but shifting how you view money can make a difference.
Ultimately, gratitude is about living in the present moment – something our cats excel at. The energy of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance and joy.
Gratitude is also a practice. Why not practice gratitude this year as you prepare your taxes?