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Distractions are those frightful things we focus on when we lose sight of our goal. “Squirrel”

As we approach Thanksgiving, I started early to look back at this past year since last Thanksgiving. I decided to focus on the things that I am grateful for. Below are some personal thoughts about 2020 and gratitude. I’d love to hear what you are thankful for as 2020 recedes into our rearview mirrors.

  • His Historically low mortgage rates – Due to COVID-19, there has been a drastic market change with mortgage interest rates. Many people have taken this opportunity to purchase a new home or refinance their existing loans with more favorable terms. This may have reduced the length of the mortgage or the monthly outlay; even though the challenge that the pandemic has had on the economy, many people are grateful that they can reduce their interest to historically low rates.
  • Unprecedented Presidential election – this could be the most massive voter turnout in American history. This election brought so many people to the process that had never voted before. The message that every vote matters was communicated throughout our country and heard.
  • Social media and Technology interaction – with various platforms, the shutdown caused more people to interact via social media platforms. No longer is travel required to have a meeting between companies and their clients. Companies like Zoom, Teams, and Facetime are examples of how both families and businesses can connect. Previously, it was thought that only meeting in person had value. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato
  • News media sensationalism – it’s so easy to get caught up in the 24/7 365 negativity of the opinionated news. What’s rare to find is people who report the news without putting their opinion into it. How do you fill all those hours of broadcasting? The answer is too often sensationalism. Technology allows us to pick and choose when and what we watch. DVRs, podcasts, YouTube, etc. to enable us to assimilate the news as we wish. In addition, technology lets us view ourselves from somewhere else, i.e., the BBC, and get a different perspective.
  • Family unity – in some regards, the pandemic that forced us back into the home has had different results. In some families, it was an excellent opportunity to take advantage of more time together. Cooking together, sitting down as a family regularly, or meals became commonplace again. I also took the opportunity to move my office to our home. I no longer have the overhead that I had before. We have a more relaxed work environment, which makes everyone happier. I’ve learned to appreciate home working as much as I do home cooking.
  • Pandemic – who knew that we would all watch videos on how to properly wash our hands. Some people even said that now, let’s focus on learning how to use-turn signals when driving. 🙂 We have become much more conscious when going into public places of the effect that unsanitized shopping carts, door handles, food handling, etc., have on our overall health. The mindset is to be safe and healthy and to protect each other. I look out for you; you look out for me.

I hope that in some small way, you, too, are looking at this year with the perspective of what you have gained and share those thoughts with your family, friends, and associates. Together we can look at 2020 and find the good in each one of us. However you spend your Thanksgiving, I wish you a meaningful holiday.

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