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Minyanville: Giving Thanks!


Gratitude and Latitude as we edge toward 2014.

Editor's Note: Todd posts his vibes in real time each day on our Buzz & Banter.

They say it should never take something bad to make you realize you've got it good. Given the social and political tensions the last few years, it's time to reflect upon the wisdom of gratitude and the blessing of perspective as we officially edge into the holiday stretch.

With Thanksgiving upon us, I would like to take a moment to count several blessings, some of which have little to do with the financial markets but all of which are food for thought.

In no particular order:
  • I'm thankful for the ability to learn and the capacity to change.
  • I'm thankful that there are people who continue to pay it forward.
  • I'm thankful for my failures as they've helped shape who I am today.
  • I'm thankful for the team at Minyanville, who pour their hearts and souls into our mission.
  • I'm thankful that my daughter Ruby carries forward his good name with a smile that lights up a room.
  • I'm thankful for my wife Jamie, who is the most amazing person I've ever met.
  • I'm thankful that my bonus kids, Gavin and Mug, have super-twin powers.
  • I'm thankful that some people still believe in their name and word, and that honesty, trust, and respect remain foundational constructs of any successful endeavor.
  • I'm thankful that Minyanland has helped more than 650,000 children better understand the building blocks of earning, spending, saving, and giving.
  • I'm thankful for good music and the laughter of little kids.
  • I'm thankful for summer sunsets and fall foliage.
  • I'm thankful for warm fires on winter nights.
  • I'm thankful for my teeth, having once taken them for granted.
  • I'm thankful for people who understand the difference between net worth and self-worth.
  • I'm thankful that I can taste key lime pie.
  • I'm thankful for those who value humility above hubris.
  • I'm thankful for cold pillows and a warm bed.
  • I'm thankful that I can still exercise even if I choose not to.
  • I'm thankful for every time the Oakland Raiders win.
  • I'm thankful that mistakes are lessons if we learn from them.
  • I'm thankful for Crash the Cat and Petty the Meatball.
  • I'm thankful for every day, even if some are better than others.
  • I'm thankful for friendships that withstand the test of time.
  • I'm thankful for coaches who care.
  • I'm thankful for chocolate, and for the second, third, and fourth bites.
  • I'm thankful that I've found some balance in life even if I'm still unbalanced at times.
  • I'm thankful for the things I once took for granted or failed to mention here today.
  • And I'm thankful there are people who will read this column in the manner intended.
There's no denying that we live in tough times; with under-employment rampant and societal acrimony on the prowl, it's easy to point fingers, place blame, and yearn for what we want rather than appreciate what we've got.

Society is a sum of the parts, and as part of society, it's not only our right to question the status quo, it's our responsibility to improve the world through a healthy and proactive process.

That doesn't mean we should grab a pitchfork and vilify our leaders-and it doesn't mean authorities should respond with riot gear and batons-it simply means we should be heard, for there is strength in numbers and unity in benevolence.

And that, my friends, is something we should all be thankful for.


Twitter: @todd_harrison

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