Tis the season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the most underappreciated holidays, but most needed. Given the year we have endured it may be difficult to be naturally thankful. This year may require us to purposefully and intentionally seek to be grateful.
There are so many things beyond our individual control – the virus, the vaccine, politics, the media and the stock market to name a few. These will continue with us, and soon we will be inundated with consumerism with all the Black Friday sales starting even earlier every year. With all that is going on, it may be easy to miss out on the spirit of gratitude this year.
Despite all those distractions, we are in control over what we do with our time, thoughts and energy. Do we take time this year to identify how we have been blessed, share a kind word and serve another - despite our individual trials? That is in our individual control.
Choosing to See the Good
With every decision, every life event, it is our choice to see the good in it. Even bad outcomes and decisions can be significant positives if we learn from them and become a better person. But we must choose that.
There are people who are thankful for the smallest things – you probably know a few. They are like magnets. We want to be around them because they exude love and joy. And then there those who are impossible to please, those we can’t wait to get away from. We can each choose who we want to be this holiday season.
I am grateful for you. Thank you for your trust and confidence in me. Thank you for the privilege to know and work with you. Thank you for taking my advice, even when it goes against what may feel popular. Thank you for being a patient investor, I know it’s not always easy. And thank you for choosing me as your partner on this journey.
Last year Liz and I decided to redirect the client appreciation budget in lieu of hosting the in-person event in January. We plan to continue this tradition so please send us your recommendations for local charities by email or phone call. The donations will be funded throughout the 2022 calendar year.
The eleven charities below were compiled through discussions I had with many of you and each organization received a donation of $400 in 2021. Thank you for all the great suggestions.
Ronald McDonald House Houston Gary Sinise Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston SPCA The Houston Food Bank
The Council on Recovery Land of My Grandfathers
Camp Hope Raise Up Families
Woman Within South Central USA
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