The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


Still Giving Thanks…

We are in the season of giving thanks.  Not that we should wait throughout the rest of the year to say, “Thank you”; but certainly November and December remind us of our blessings, don’t you agree?

So before I go any further, let me say, “Thank you”!

Ready or not, Thanksgiving week has arrived!  Hard to believe it’s here already isn’t it?  I guess time flies when we’re heads down, working hard, striving for success (or perhaps striving just to make ends meet).  Thankfully, I am blessed with family, friends, and colleagues who enrich my life beyond count.

I have much to be thankful for.  Thankfully, I have my readers who accept my periodic posts and reciprocate with personalized responses of appreciation towards these little ditties.  With the ski resorts open in Colorado; winter is upon us.  No worries, though – the kindness I receive from all those around me, will keep me warm:

A kind word warms for three winters. 

Chinese Proverb

Thankfully many of us will “have a little fun in our life” this holiday/weekend given the nature of how we have extended our working hours; added electronic devices that track us down every waking minute; increased our stress level; and decreased the quality of nightly sleep.

In the working world, I have been fortunate enough to work for some of the 20th century, “all time” business leaders, including Josh Weston of ADP; Larry Ellison of Oracle; and Dave Duffield of Integral Systems (which preceded PeopleSoft which preceded Workday).

Thankfully, many are optimistic that we will have a successful “Black Friday”; “Small Business Saturday”; and “Cyber Monday” of retail sales.  This will help contribute to our economy and our future.

Thankfully, we have people much smarter than me to help put our economy in proper perspective.  I suppose the next best thing to being a financial genius is to mingle with those who are:

Market Terminology for Dummies:

Bull Market – A random market movement causing the investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.  

Momentum Investing – The fine art of buying high and selling low.

Standard & Poor – Your investment strategy in a nutshell.

Thankfully we are charitable with our blessings and our gift giving to those less fortunate than us:

Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left. 

Fulton J. Sheen

Thankfully, we will spend time with family, friends, food, fun, football, and even a movie thrown in during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thankfully, if we are traveling for our family gatherings we will still retain our sense of humor:

A famous Chairman of the Board of a national airline, uses self-deprecating humor, such as the story he told about a woman who wrote a letter complaining about his airline.  She didn’t like anything: not the peanuts, not the color of the plane.  She didn’t even like the uniforms of the stewards.  She was just full of gripes. 

The marketing division took it over, spent a week writing a 22-page letter trying to reason with her, and showed it to the Chairman before he signed it.  He read it, and tossed it into the wastebasket.  He asked for a piece of stationery and wrote;

Dear Madam,

We’re going to miss you. 



Herb Kelleher

Thankfully, we will have a few quiet moments to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.  May the peace and power of a positive perspective be with you and yours this holiday season.


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