Originally published in the Cedar Street Times

November 16, 2012

With less than a week to go before Thanksgiving, I would like to take the opportunity to give some gratitude.  I am of course grateful for my family – my wife of 13 years, Joy, who has been my best friend since we were freshmen in college together.  She is sure and steady, she is efficient, she forgives me for being an accountant and working crazy hours for a third of the year, and she is well…full of joy!  I am grateful for my seven-month old son, Elijah, who brings such happiness, activity, and wonder to our lives.  It’s awesome being a dad!

I am grateful for my in-laws that make us dinner or pick up milk and juice at the store, or help with projects when we need an extra hand.  I am grateful for my brother, Justin, even though he lives in Washington D.C. and hasn’t set up a Skype account yet to visit with his nephew!  He is the most ethical and moral person I know, and he is always there to help me think through issues critically using his attorney mind.  I am grateful for the understanding, qualities, and grounding I received from my parents – there is no greater inheritance than that.

I am also grateful to be living in the beautiful town of Pacific Grove.  Growing up in Atlanta, I never really thought I would live near an ocean – what an opportunity!  We are blessed to have such wonder friends and neighbors, a great church community, and organizations that help us find ways to give back to our community.

I am also grateful to be living in the United States of America.  Although it is easy to point out all the faults we seem to have with politics, race issues, gender issues, health systems, national debt and tax systems, our military presence around the world, or whatever you feel is unfair, this country is still a beacon of light and hope for people all over the world that are struggling with far greater issues.  What other country are people clamoring to get into like the United States?  What country would you rather live in, and why are you here?  We do have some big challenges ahead, and it is going to take right action, as a result of our gratitude to solve these challenges.  If we are truly grateful for what we have, then we will take responsibility for preserving the good for ourselves and others, even when it seems we may have to sacrifice.

I think this passage from President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address from 1961 rings true for us as well: “I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.  And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

God bless you and your family and God bless America.

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Travis H. Long, CPA is located at 706-B Forest Avenue, PG, 93950 and focuses on trust, estate, individual, and business taxation. He can be reached at 831-333-1041.

3 comments so far

  1. Beth on

    Thank you for the share Travis. You are right in saying we ALL have alot to be grateful for.Wishing you and your family a lovely Holiday Season.

  2. Cassie Coston on

    Wonderful blog Travis! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Joy and Elijah. Thanks for sharing and your inspirational uplift.

  3. Raymond Jackson on

    Well said, Travis! At first I thought you might be deathly ill and making amends to everyone…then I realized the season for good will is upon us and you are helping us feel special about what we have.I wish you and your family the joy the holidays bring. Ray Jackson

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