I always take this time of year to reflect. What am I thankful for? Why do I do what I do, and pursue it so passionately? What motivates me to be a better person?
So today you won’t read anything about loan programs, or about market trends and happenings. Rather I want to take a moment to give thanks.
We live in a world with so much going on, so many things pulling us in a given day. Technology continues to evolve , and life continues to grow more complex. We are wired daily! Checking email, sending text messages, responding to voice mails, and so on.
This weekend is Thanksgiving, and I want to challenge anyone who reads this to take time, take time to disconnect. Relish in the surroundings as you look around the table on Thursday, sitting across from friends, family, or even strangers. Even if you have a crazy uncle, who may make the most insane comment ever, he is still your uncle. Put your phone down, hold off on changing your status or #hashtagging what’s going on. Reconnect with those you traveled to see, or those who traveled to see you. Let the person with one item go ahead of you at the store. Take pictures, make memories, share a moment, and let it all resonate. Kind of like brining a Turkey, that doesn’t happen immediately, but boy the results sure are worthwhile.
This year, I am thankful for the strength of my team, I am surrounded by. The dedication to excellence we pursue for all of our clients who work with us. I am thankful for my friends and family who have been there all along. I am thankful for those who continue to ask about a family member battling (kicking arse) cancer. I am thankful for a beautiful wife, who really is quite possibly the most selfless person I have ever met. I am thankful for being blessed with an amazing life. I am thankful that I will be surrounded by laughter and love this upcoming holiday season with impending travel plans to see family across the country.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. May you be surrounded by laughter, love, good fine, great wine, and memories.
Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Ray