Go around your table. Ask everyone – think, but not too long – then answer. What are you feeling thankful for, right now – where you are with the life you have?
I’ve been building spokes of my wheel – cash collector hub at its center, ready to roll down new roads. Weekends, long ones like this, are a good time to linger inside while white-stuff and chilly air return for another year. Reflecting – what is next, what ought to be next and what I want to create next.
Time for hot tea, some staring out my window, brewing soup …
“Where you are with what you’ve got”.
That phrase/wisdom from stock market wunderkind Charles Schwab – repeated often as “best way to be successful”. Not sure there is evidence confirming that. Recently my mind has been wandering, day-to-day self exploring some new avenues. Some exciting, some practical, some ‘wild adventures’, some ‘stable reliable close to home’, some ‘things I can do from anywhere, anytime’ …
I’ve spent time, perhaps too much, inventing next-clever-things – without taking action. Early forays – thinking back to my 20’s were mostly disastrous. Gave up too soon, or were they bad ideas? Now, from other side of the proverbial hill I’m ‘over’, not moving slower but more deliberately – realizing so many things I did in my 30’s and 40’s were some of the best things I could have ever done. Where were they? Right where I was, I didn’t have to go far afield. Resources? What I had, or could borrow or co-op. So why not now? Do we get risk-averse as we get older? In terms of risking ‘saved capital’ we probably all get more conservative – knowing there are fewer years left to ‘earn back our losses’ or replace those dollars. But hey, what do we have but time and human capital? The rest is just money and math …
In Canada this is thanksgiving weekend – tomorrow is a holiday; families gather, turkeys are roasted and we celebrate the harvest. Most of our society neither farmers or gardens, but we celebrate anyway.
And turkey is pretty good for you if you avoid the artery clogging gravy.
Reminders are abundant, that life here in this safe place with moderate climate and a peaceful society is a pretty good place to be. Isn’t far away, exotic or radical.
Are we changing the world?
A little bit a time, where we are, with what we’ve got, and thankful.