Day 306 – The Privilege of Paying Our Taxes

America came into being when the colonists refused to pay unfair taxes to their British lords. Through their rallying cry of “no taxation without representation,” they eventually threw out their colonial masters. Therefore, until this day the average American citizen loathes taxes. Corporations seek every legal means of avoiding it. Also, in a society of freedom, having to pay taxes seemed counterproductive. The citizens of many of the other countries of the world share this same view. It is unfortunately wrong-headed.

In life, we form contracts with others. One example is the contract we have with the government. We may not realize we have one, but we do. It is that they will take care of us — provide security, infrastructure, et al — and in return, we will pay our taxes. Thus paying taxes can be considered an act of patriotism. It can even be argued that one who disdains taxes is deserved of losing his citizenship since he has broken his essential contract with his government. He is not holding up his side of the social bargain.

When we pay our taxes, it should be an act of gratitude, indicating our deep thanks and appreciation for the benefits the government, the society has provided us. When we move from disdain to consciously express positive attitudes of sincere gratitude, we move away from our egocentric view and open to a wider field of existence. It is from such a poise that sudden good fortune arises.

So when we pay our taxes, let us think of the nation, state, or community that has provided the great foundation that enabled our life to thrive. Let us give deep thanks to those who have come before us, who have helped shape our world, and to whom we are paying back through an inner debt of gratitude. Paying our tax then becomes a profound act that cannot help but release powerful positive energies that will keep the wheel of inner and outer success turning.

About Dave, The Gratitude Guy

Dave Block, aka “Dave, The Gratitude Guy” is an emerging entrepreneur on a mission to spread a powerful message about the importance of having daily gratitude in your life. His cause is to create positive change in the world by educating everyone, through his appearances, blogs, videos, and future projects that the best way for us to value our present day happiness is to be grateful for what we have in our life right now. If more people lived life this way, great changes would occur. Just understand that by being who you really are, you will attract more of what you truly want in your life. And gratitude is the key that opens up the door to happiness. Recently, Dave have branded himself with Thank God I... to create a new interview series called "The Thank God I..." Interview. The interviews are with empowering people from Movies, TV, Music,and Sports who have encountered hardships and had to endure tough times in life only to emerge stronger by their attitude and how they are thankful for it all. For more information, please visit
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2 Responses to Day 306 – The Privilege of Paying Our Taxes

  1. Many of my richest friends grouse the most about paying takes and tip the least, but at thrift shops bargain hardest at garage sales. Living sad lives. Grateful I am not the same. I have much less, but have so much more.
    Practicing gratitude is one of my daily Emotioanal Fitness Exercises and one that can be practiced over and over again. Keeps me strong.

    Thank you for this

    • Katherine,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I totally agree with you. Often times the more a person is blessed, the less grateful they become. There are many who have so much less who are so much more grateful than those who have more. Why is that? The reason is because gratitude is not dependent upon blessings received from God. Gratitude is a matter of the heart. If you are not grateful with what you have, you will never be grateful for what you don’t have.


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