2010: Things I’ve Learned

By Todd Harrison  DEC 30, 2009 7:30 AM

As we cast an eye ahead, newfound perspective will most certainly go a long way.

 


The last few years forever changed the socioeconomic landscape and seismically shifted our collective perception of what we do, how we do it, and whom we do it with.

An era of conspicuous consumption became The Age of Austerity.

Despite percolating societal acrimony and emerging class warfare, adversity defined character and brought out the best in those determined to effect positive change.

There were unfortunate hardships and many reasons to lament but many learned to appreciate the little things in life and be thankful for what they once took for granted.

As we look back at the past year and cast an eye ahead, newfound perspective will most certainly go a long way.

These are some of the lessons I’ve learned; many relate to the markets but most apply to life:
 


These are dynamic times and history will reflect on them with knowing wisdom, learned lessons, and gained experience.

For those navigating the crosscurrents in real-time, however, it’s often overwhelming and sometimes quite scary. There is no script to reference and historical precedence need not apply.

We often say that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. That’s not some flippant off-the-cuff quip; it’s a call to consciousness that each of us, at some level, will shape the present and pave a path for future generations.

If not us, who? And if not now, when? We have an opportunity to affect a positive outcome, teach our children, and leave the world a better place than we found it. It won’t be easy, but then again anything worth having rarely is.

Fare ye well in 2010 and beyond and from our family to yours, may peace be with you.

R.P.

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