Happy Thanksgiving! The Season of Gratitude


Two old friends met each other on the street one day. Harry looked neglected, almost on the verge of tears. His friend, Casey, asked, “What is wrong with you, Harry? You seem distraught.”

“Three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me $40,000,” Harry replied.

“That is a lot of money,” reacted Casey.

“But, two weeks ago, a cousin I never knew died, and left me $80,000,” grumbled Harry.

“Wow, it appears that you are very fortunate,” smiled Casey.

“You don’t understand, Casey! Last week my great-aunt passed away, and I inherited $250,000.”

“Then, why on earth do you look so glum?” questioned Casey.

“This week . . . nothing!”Talk about taking things for granted! I suggest that one of the main reasons that people, like Harry in the above story, lose their enthusiasm in life is because they become ungrateful for what they have. In other words, they take their current circumstances for granted; often forgetting it can disappear suddenly. For example, I believe far too many businesses focus on, and pursue, the next new customer while often neglecting their loyal clients. Therefore, I suggest that these companies heed the following narrative...

“You know me; I am a nice person. When I get lousy service, or bad advice I never complain or criticize. I would never think of making a scene. Instead, I just pack up my bags and leave. Of course, I could give you a piece of my mind and possibly feel better, but it is better just to leave quietly and never come back. You see, a nice client like me, multiplied by others like me, can bring your business to its knees. There are plenty of us, and when we feel that we are taken for granted and not appreciated, we simply go to one of your competitors.”

Thanksgiving is a special time of year when we all should reflect on the people and things we appreciate. As a reader and perhaps an advertiser, you have my deepest and heartfelt appreciation for supporting The Ponte Vedra Recorder in one way or another. Thank you for allowing me to come into your home twice a month to share what I hope is a worthwhile read. I sincerely wish that Thanksgiving is the start of a delightful holiday season for you, and the prelude to a brighter, prosperous, and peaceful time ahead.

Harry Pappas Jr. CFP®

Managing Director-Investments

Master of Science Degree Personal Financial PlanningCertified Estate & Trust Specialist ™

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™Pappas Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

818 North Highway A1A, Ste 200

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