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A Season of Thanksgiving

Posted by: Chris Caldwell on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Someone I know well told me that I was a rather odd duck, both very philosophical yet entertained by some of the most mundane and simple of things (read sophomoric humor!).  It is with that premise that I ruminate on the whole season of Thanksgiving.  While some of the auspices of how it started may be left to the historian to argue, it does seem to me that we now have a holiday whose sole purpose is to cause us to reflect for a moment on those things for which we are truly thankful. 

I have also noticed many Facebook friends are taking this period of time to express their thankfulness for various things each day apparently culminating in the holiday itself.  While I am certainly glad for this, what strikes me is the fact that we have to create a holiday to remind us to be thankful.  And so it is that I commit to a new resolution long before the New Year (a whole month!) to pause whenever I can and be in a state of thankfulness as often as possible. 

So with that beginning, let me launch into the many things for which I am thankful.

  1. Family – I have a wonderful wife who I adore and continue to find to be the joy of my life, two daughters who are succeeding in their own careers, two dogs who show boundless joy when I get home, and of course, a brother, nieces, parents, in-laws, and others who make my life so much better.
  2. MutualBank – Wow, where to start.  A great group of people, a bank that still values its ability to focus on the community, and an ethos that is second to none.
  3. MutualBank Clients – It is because of our phenomenal clients that MutualBank gets to succeed every day.  Our clients are some of the most loyal customers that I have ever encountered and they do us proud every time they tell a friend what a great bank we are.  I am truly thankful for all of our clientele.
  4. Friends – one of my insights into how good life is runs proportional to the deep friendships that my wife and I have developed – there is a direct correlation to the two.
  5. United Way – MutualBank is a heartfelt supporter of United Way as are many of my colleagues.  Why?  Because the United Way does great work in helping others that need it most and bringing together community partners to make our hometowns better for all.  By the way, there are many other great community partners that MutualBank and its many team members support – part of our ethos of being true to our community bank philosophy.
  6. Health – yes, I’m getting older and the joints are not quite as supple, the muscles take a little longer to quit aching, and my brain doesn’t seem to remember as much (maybe because I have many decades of stuff in it now – I hope that’s it!).  In spite of that, I’m still thankful that I can move easily and can still have deep and meaningful dialogues with friends and family.  So I try not to complain about the aging process and just be thankful that I am where I am.

That’s my list; I hope that as we conclude the year that you take a moment to write down yours.  When we approach things with an optimistic and thankful attitude, we find that the world is indeed slightly more positive and certainly more appreciative. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and way in advance, a very Happy New Year!

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