In the fifteen years I have been writing this newsletter I have never before written on the topic of Thanksgiving. Usually I consider it a little too “touchy-feely” for me plus there are hundreds of other newsletters out there on the same topic. Twice, after national elections in November I’ve written on the voting process, once in 2008 and again in 2016. I wouldn’t touch that topic this year with a 10 foot pole. So, given no other ideas top of mind this morning, I’m going with “Give Thanks”.
Thanksgiving is a time, more than any other, to take a “glass half full” as opposed to “half empty” attitude. While these are challenging times the world has survived tough times before and will do so again. Clearly some have had a more difficult 2020 than others. Some have even profited from the challenges the world has faced. If you’re in the latter category or even just managed to hold your own, think about how you can help others. For example, I support a Christmas toy drive in a small town near where I grew up. This year I made a bigger donation than in years past. Fewer will be able to help and more will be in need. If you can, please step-up.
As I look through the fog of 2020 the following come to mind. Hopefully you can use this list to create one of your own tomorrow.
- Friends and family both near and far, even those I haven’t seen or spoken with in ages. I miss those that are no longer on this earth but am thankful for their impact on my life. There are far too many to mention here.
- Health and fitness. I estimate I’ve logged over 2,000 hours of training with my friend Keath Hausher at Shark Fitness. We’re on-line now so you can train from wherever you are reading this newsletter. It’s hard work but worth it. Come join us. You’ll be better for it.
- Client and colleagues. I have a great group of clients and colleagues. Former clients are always welcome back into the fold or to call just to check in or ask a question. If you’re reading this and have never been a client, why not find out what you’re missing?
- Balance. Over time I’ve become steadier and have learned to distinguish the difference between major shifts that will have long term consequences versus temporary shocks to the system. The words “This too shall pass” are ones to keep in mind in both good times and bad.
- Freedom. Despite the challenges our nation faces we always seem to endure and will do so again. We are not perfect, but we strive to improve. Despite our faults, there are many more trying to get in than to get out.
Wishing all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving.
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