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Minyanville: Giving Thanks!


Gratitude is latitude as we edge toward 2013.


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

It should never take something bad to make you realize how good you have it. Given the painful strain 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 acknowledge my 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 little things in life, such as power, heat, and electricity.
  • I'm thankful for the ability to learn and the capacity to change.
  • I'm thankful that while most folks strive to get ahead, there are those who give back.
  • 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 heart and soul into our mission.
  • I'm thankful for the partners who believe in who we are, what we do, and how we do it.
  • I'm thankful that my daughter Ruby carries forward his good name.
  • I'm thankful for my wife Jamie, who is the most amazing woman I've ever met.
  • I'm thankful that my bonus children, Gavin and Mug, have super-twin powers.
  • As we had to go through this to get through it, I'm thankful that we're going through it now.
  • I'm thankful that some people still believe their name and word mean something, and that honesty, trust, and respect are foundational constructs of any successful endeavor.
  • I'm thankful that Minyanland has helped more than 600,000 children better understand the building blocks of earning, spending, saving, and giving.
  • I'm thankful for good tunes 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 that people are beginning to understand that financial empowerment is a lifelong process.
  • I'm thankful that I can taste key lime pie.
  • I'm thankful for those who practice humility above hubris.
  • I'm thankful for cold sheets and a warm bed.
  • I'm thankful that I can still exercise even if I choose not to.
  • I'm thankful for every (rare) time the Oakland Raiders win.
  • I'm thankful that mistakes become lessons if we choose to learn from them.
  • I'm thankful for Crash, Petty, and yes, the memories of Phoebe, Zoe, and Blue.
  • 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 the strength that allows me to shoulder hardships.
  • I'm thankful for those who pride themselves on being part of the solution.
  • I'm thankful for BLT Popovers and Frozen Hot Chocolates from Serendipity 3.
  • I'm thankful that I've realized that the purpose of the journey is the journey itself.
  • 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 difficult times; with under-employment running 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.

Each of us is uniquely blessed to be in a position to affect a positive outcome; that is not to be squandered, and time is of the essence.

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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