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Reflections

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I posted this article (with a minor change or two) in its entirety last year the day before Thanksgiving. It's as appropriate now as it was then.

With Thanksgiving night, it seems an entirely apropos time to reflect on the things that we should all be thankful for in our lives. And in that spirit, I thought I'd share a few of the things I am most thankful for.

I am thankful that...

• I am able to write for Minyanville and support the Ruby Peck Foundation

• John Succo has, despite its immense unpopularity, maintained a focus on risk

• Losing a beer bet to a friend is still better than winning it

• Minyans breathed in the vapors of Crested Butte, CO

• Murray Rothbard was so prolific

• The 2003/04 rally has taught me invaluable lessons

• Toddo continues to quote some of the funniest movies ever made

• So many readers have sent their support to my family

• Playing hard and losing is better than winning without effort

• Keynesian economics is in its last throes

• Almost everyone thinks Robert Prechter is a crank

• Philanthropy is a bedrock of this site

• Minyan subscribers are such a smart and engaging group

• The Fed's aura of invincibility is slowly starting to crack

• A nascent understanding is afoot that metal is better than paper

• Brian Reynolds has forgotten more about bonds than I will ever know

• The Mises Institute continues to fight the good fight

• The MV family has added so many smart contributors in 2004

• My daughter Ella brightens my life each and every day

• My wife is stronger than I am

• My son Jackson is stronger than us both

So whenever you find time tomorrow, do those things that affirm our collective thankfulness for life's ups and downs: kiss your Grandmother, tell your parents you love them, hug your kids, throw the ball to your dog, call your sisters or brothers, drop some change in a Salvation Army bucket, make a losing bet with your best friend, forgive a transgression, send an e-mail to a soldier serving abroad, or otherwise dedicate yourself to being a better father, mother, child, friend, sister, brother, grandparent or colleague to those in your life.

Give thanks, and it will be returned to you manifold.

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