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Easy Spirit




I'm a runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven Minyans on my mind
Four them wanna own me, two that wanna stone me
One says she's a friend of mine

(The Eagles)

I wasn't planning on posting again but I've got the sudden urge to share something with my fellow Minyans. It has nothing to do with Steve Ballmer's cautious comments at Microsoft (MSFT:Nasdaq) or Xilinx' (XLNX:Nasdaq) soft mid-quarter update, it's about something entirely more important. For those of you who read these pages solely for the financial education, take it easy and have a good night. The rest of you? Take a quick walk with me.

I'll be the first person to tell you that these last few months have been a struggle. I'm not just talking about the flickering ticks (although that's certainly contributed to it), there's plenty going on that I choose not to share with the Minyanship. The search for balance and perspective isn't always easy but, if it were, it wouldn't be worth the journey.

I consider myself very fortunate and, trust me, it's not about money. As with most others, I've seen my fair share of hardship and suffered through personal loss. Still, it's easy to get swept up in the minutiae that surrounds us if we don't take the time to step back. Scotto's article today served as a reminder that our P&L doesn't define us -- WE define us -- and the greatest wealth often lies within.

I am not trivializing or rationalizing the importance of performance, but we need to remember that it's a means to an end. I would trade bank full of money for more time with my grandfather, Joel or Bill Meehan and I'm sure that their friends and families would do the same. If you're spending your time focusing on what you don't have, shake it off and appreciate what you've got. If you're good to others and better to yourself, everything else will fall into place.

Have a peaceful night.
No positions in stocks mentioned.

Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at

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