We all know and feel that this isn’t a normal time in our nation’s history.
There are important conversations happening, that have been long overdue.
Here at Pronto Income Tax Team, we have been having very fruitful conversations as well, and we remain 100% focused on being a faithful servant to ALL of our clients and ALL of our communities.
Quick remind for you that 2019 tax returns are due by July 15th and we are going to start getting VERY busy trying to “catch up” with all the clients who haven’t filed yet.
It would be a good idea for you to get your “stuff” to us sooner than later so that we can take care of those 2019 tax returns for you and get that off your to do list.
We also believe that now is a good time for all of us to make sure we do things that create more peace in our minds and hearts and here are a few thoughts in that direction…
Our Propensity Towards Chaos
“When the storm has passed, put your energy into rebuilding your life, don’t waste time looking back.” -Leon Brown
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal put it well: our primal instincts drive us towards obsession with stressful news and the social media sites that put it in front of us.
Facebook and Instagram feeds previously filled with cute/funny videos and pictures are raging with debate, conspiracies, arguments, shaming, and rancor. And we fill our minds with it. We can’t look away.
And we wonder why so many of us feel like our society is spiraling out of control.
It’s no wonder that this is the case. Our brains are wired to be on the lookout for threats, and have been since the days of hunting and gathering. We are quite literally predisposed to pay more attention to negative than to positive things.
And app/software/website designers know ALL about this, and have architected their systems to keep all of us hooked on the “rush” of negativity. Just one simple example is the “infinite scrolling” features of social media feeds — they go on, and on, and on … and we just can’t quit them because we unconsciously feel like we might be missing out on something we need to know about.
So what should we do about this?
Our humble recommendation: build yourself SOME system of controlled media and technology intake. Emphasis on the word “system”.
Recognize that our proclivities towards absorption will conquer even the best intentions, and set an actual structure for yourself.
Whether that means putting your phone “to sleep” in a different place than your bedroom, batch processing the news or social media feeds within prescribed time limits, or even logging off of all social media for various periods of time — the point is, we need to TAKE CONTROL of what we are putting into our minds.
We cannot allow the cycle of negativity to control our minds.
There are so many beautiful people doing beautiful things to help each other and love each other.
Let’s always make time to remember and recognize the blessings we have in this country and in this world!
Thank you and please enjoy a great day!
Pronto Income Tax Team
P.S. Remember, the deadline to file 2019 tax returns is July 15th…and it’s almost July 15th…please feel free to share our contact info with any friends or family who might need trustworthy tax help.