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Starting to get my head above water- having just come of out a fairly traumatic, life changing summer - I am a different man. To be honest I am dealing with a fair amount of PTSD from it. Being in the room when another baby passed... not to mention my own daughter's life/death experiences... I just can't shake it. But I can deal with all of that. I have to.

My entire value set has changed: I look at family differently, I look at work differently, I no longer find satisfaction in material goods (anyone in the market for a Milgauss GV? PM me)

That being said, I'm going to try and get a little more active on the boards- not with my typical finance snark, but rather with some insights I've gathered over the past summer. It may not be terribly deep stuff, but it's what I came away with.

Money and power.... Money and power.... It's our "life" 90 hours a week. But life is so much more than that, monkeys. So this thanksgiving, try to forget the spreads, the decks, the MDs and the fire drills. All that shit will get dealt with, but we have precious little time with what really matters in life, family.

Here are a dozen things that I am thankful for this year:

I am thankful my daughter is alive, and has a shot at leading a normal life.
I am thankful for my wife, the strongest woman I know. She has stood by my side through thick and thin, and I am grateful for her.
I am thankful for my family, whose support was unwavering even though I absolutely flipped shit on tj during the 'dark days'.
I am thankful for all of the people, hundreds upon hundreds of total strangers, who followed lily's story and sent good vibes and prayers her way. They worked a miracle.
I am thankful for miracles- which do exist.
I am thankful that I was born in America, the country with more opportunity than anywhere else in the world. I could have easily been born in Sudan. Sheer luck that we're here- and I am thankful for that.
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, and can feed myself and my family.
I am thankful for my health, and I am thankful for my family's health.
I am thankful that I am gainfully employed.
I am thankful that I can feel safe when I travel to work every day.
I am thankful for the public servants that serve our great city.
I am thankful for our men and women in service at home and abroad. Their volunteering to fight for my country lets me have a cushy desk job.

That's what I'm thankful for this year. What about you?

Wishing you all a very, very happy thanksgiving. Thank you wso for your support this past summer and fall. It has been truly amazing- it helped keep me going - and I am thankful for it.


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Comments (13)

  • SirTradesaLot's picture

    Great post, thanks.

    adapt or die:
    What would P.T. Barnum say about you?


  • WallStreetOasis.com's picture

    Thanks AVP, nice post.

    I'm thankful for...
    1. My loving family and the fact that my parents set me on a good path and my dad still makes fun of me to keep me grounded
    2. My awesome girlfriend
    3. The fact that I get to wake up and be happy to work on WSO & JDO every day (well, most days :-)
    4. The fact that I still have my health as does my family.
    5. The fact that I live in this great country and was given an insane amount of opportunity

  • Cruncharoo's picture

    Amen, good stuff

    This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

  • captainkoolaid's picture

    I am thankful for WallStreetOasis

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  • rufiolove's picture

    Thanks for posting AVP... perspective I needed this morning. Hope you and yours enjoy a restful and joy filled holiday!

  • In reply to captainkoolaid
    midtowngal's picture

    I am thankful for WallStreetOasis

    second this. for lightening up my life. otherwise, I woud have been showing off my own pics somewhere else like a clown whenever I get bored.

    I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine---Ridin' Solo

  • ivyliga's picture

    I am thankful my daughter is alive, and has a shot at leading a normal life.

    Thank God your daughter is alive. :-)

  • In The Flesh's picture

    I am thankful for the beauty of faith, friends, and music.

    Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

  • Onetwobit's picture

    This thread makes me depressed as fuck.

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  • In reply to captainkoolaid
    roofstreet's picture

    "...the art of good business, is being a good middle man, putting people togeather. It's all about honor and respect."