What Are you Thankful For?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Last weekend, my wife and I had one of the best weekends we have had in a long time. Why was it so fantastic? We had nothing scheduled on our calendar. We did not have to be anywhere, go anywhere, or entertain any guests. Our weekends are ordinarily full of activities, but at last, we were able to step back from the day to day noise and the busyness of life. After this past peaceful weekend, we are able to segway into our busy Thanksgiving week ahead easily.
This past weekend gave me time to think of the many things I am thankful for at this point in my life. This Thanksgiving, I am so looking forward to having all my kids home this week. It is such an exciting time to be their father and to see what is in store for their future as they continue to shape their identity as adults. I am thankful that I have a wife of 32 years that is full of grace, patience, and kindness in all that she does daily. I am grateful that because of her, my children are becoming adults, with exciting futures ahead. This time of year, we remember those family members who have passed and won't be at Thanksgiving this year. We are grateful for the time we had with them on this earth and blessed to have so many memories to cherish this time of year. I am so thankful for our family and the community in which we live and work, which creates an amazing extended family of friends, neighbors throughout our area. We feel very blessed to live in Southwest Michigan.
My Wiser Financial Family - I am thankful for my career and the team that I have at my office! The people that I work with work hard every day and go out of their way to make sure our clients have an exceptional experience when choosing to work with our firm. I feel blessed to have these dedicated coworkers by my side each day, with such trust and faith in the future of our company ahead, as we look forward to Wiser Financial Group's 60th Anniversary this coming year.
As I think about all the things I am thankful for, I am still amazed at what an incredible time in our history it is to be alive! I will attempt to avoid quoting too many economic facts on holiday. However, in the financial world, we are very grateful for the way the markets have performed this past decade. For these past ten years, we have seen the market performance positively impact the lives of many in the United States. With the rise of inventors and entrepreneurs in our society this last decade, I am amazed at how the day-to-day of our lives has improved dramatically. Ten years ago, could you imagine that a robot vacuum is roaming my house cleaning up the hair my corgi sheds every day? In Kalamazoo, you can instantly order a car to pick you up, watch the vehicle in real-time on your phone as it makes its way to where you are standing? How about just the fact of driving anywhere in your car? Did you ever imagine that you would say an address out loud in your car, and you would receive turn by turn instructions on how to get to your destination, even if it was 1300 miles away? Self-Driving cars are coming! The opportunities in our country are endless.
Finally, I am also thankful for the many individuals whom I encounter each day. For many, Thanksgiving also means "giving" in the sense of being intentionally involved in people's lives. Think about the people you know that volunteer, or help with a loved one, that donate time and their money to a cause they believe in throughout the year. Imagine if all those people just stopped "giving." Thank you to those individuals in our community who are serving those in need this Thanksgiving. We are grateful for those volunteers who are continuously serving our community throughout the year. If you recognize a need, don't be afraid to step out in faith and meet the demand. Your community will gather around your will and efforts to make this world a better place.
I hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!