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Thanksgiving

Four day holiday weekends are really more fun than anyone should be allowed to have. Don’t you think?

Over the next few days, the instant communications that dominate our lives in the form of phone calls, emails and texts should dissipate a bit. I hope you will take the time for a little thoughtful contemplation.

Although Thursday will most likely be totally tied up with family and friends, the rest of the weekend should allow you some time to clean your desk, finish that book that has been sitting on your night table, and who knows what else you might think of to relax. (Don’t get involved in any Black Friday shopping.)

When it gets really quiet, take a few hours to think about your life and where it is going. After all, it won’t be too long before you have to come up with those New Year’s Resolutions.

In this always connected world of ours, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of only solving the immediate crisis. I’m sure each of you have at one time or another worked at companies that operated this way. It is all too easy to fall into this trap in our personal lives as well.

Thinking about the future and planning for the future is one of the keys to happiness. If you don’t know where you’re going or how you are going to get there, any path will due. To get to a specific destination requires planning.

And, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday, let us count our blessings. As bad as we may feel things are in these United States, they’re worse just about everywhere else. No one should confuse the loud arguments we have in this country with the fact that we are all strongly connected with one another and we will figure a way out of any mess we may have gotten ourselves into.

So, enjoy the time off, but don’t let it go totally to waste.

Regards, Matt

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