The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


Oh well…

Hey everyone – its income tax week!  Hooray!

Actually, it’s a day past the deadline – but who’s counting?  Do you think our elected officials are standing on the sideline cheering as our tax returns flow in?  Oh well.

Does it ever seem to you that no matter how you complete your income tax return; no matter how much outside, expert advice you leverage; no matter what plans you put in place to lessen your tax impact next year, you still seem to be funding everything?

On the one hand, I dislike the immense level of government spending that takes place today at the federal, state, county, city and even master association level.  The media reminds us of the tremendous waste that seems to occur every day; every where.  And today, with our anytime, anywhere, all-the-time, political action committees – they all have a position on the state of our state, federal, and local taxation, true?  Could it be some of our taxes fund these messages?  Oh well.

On the other hand, when there is a natural disaster; when we hear of a scientific breakthrough funded by a government grant; or when we simply have a friend or family member in need who receives financial or medical support from a social services program… well, I for one am happy I live in America.

This time is one time during the year when we add it all up.  Sometimes we like the resulting sum; other times we don’t.  And talk about “new math”!

The Income Tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.

Will Rogers

Question:  If I work from home and my dog barks when the FedEx driver arrives; does she qualify as my receptionist – and can I write-off the cost of her dog food?  No?  Oh well.

All in all, when I add it up – I am blessed.  How about you?  I suppose it all depends.  Filing income taxes forces us to look at our W-2; our 401k; our IRA; our mortgage interest; our real estate taxes; and all of the other numbers the IRS wants us to look at; and report on.  That’s one way we measure; some years good – some, not so much.

When we look in the mirror, often our not-so-much years are self-inflicted:

More and more these days I find myself pondering on how to reconcile my net income with my gross habits.

John Kirk Nelson

When we heard growing up that, “Money isn’t everything”, do we maintain that perspective as adults?  Hopefully so.  Our top line income, even when reduced by taxes, still can be more than enough for a man that is easily contented.  Unfortunately, the itch of discontent sometimes influences us to spend more than our means.

It’s not what we make that counts; it’s what we save.  Years ago this was called “net worth”.  Today, “line of credit” seems to have replaced the importance of net worth.  Similar to our federal government, line of credit means “debt”; and debt is not the same as net worth.  Oh well.

We are looking forward to 2014 – this will be our best year ever!  And we can stay in control of how we define “best” by following the guidance of the world renowned author and poet, Robert Lewis Stevenson:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

And no – the seeds are not tax deductible.  Oh well.


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