A Collaboration of Celebration

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My wife and I were discussing this week about how history will describe the year 2020. What will our kids remember? What will we remember? 

Life is unpredictable. It’s uncertain. It doesn’t promise us a linear pathway.

And this year is no exception, but it certainly feels like an exaggeration.

There are hardships all around us - whether it’s the virus that’s wreaked havoc on so many, or the resulting economic/political/financial fallout. We all know stories of struggle, hardship and defeat, and we all know stories of perseverance, opportunity, and wins. 

We’re less than a week from Thanksgiving. So maybe it’s timely, or maybe it’d just be as suitable as doing this in August - but I want to issue a challenge and an invitation to a group project.

A Collaboration of Celebration. 

I want to hear what you’re thankful for that was unique or accentuated in the past 11 months. I have a few ideas of how to put all the answers together in an anonymous, synergistic way that maybe I’ll send as part of next week’s Fident Friday. 

But mostly I want each of us - myself included - to just take a few moments and think about, despite the challenges of this year, despite the things so comprehensively outside our control, what good things we have to be thankful for. 

Lessons learned. 
Opportunities presented. 
Obstacles cleared. 
Goals achieved.
Habits formed. 

Will you help me?

Simply reply back to this email with something you’re thankful or grateful for, something that was either new or rediscovered or refreshed this year. 

Maybe it’s relational. Maybe it’s professional. Maybe it’s spiritual. Maybe it’s financial. 

Let me know. Please. 

And for extra credit - if your “thing” has to do with another person, let them know as well. 

Interesting Resources

James Clear
"Expertise can be the gradual accumulation of many modest insights"

Never Ending Now
3 min read | David Perell
Written a few years ago yet all the more relevant today, I love this whole article. Specifically this:

"2018 isn’t the end of history. Rather, the human story — from our Neanderthal roots, to our Paleolithic ancestors, to the Roman Empire, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the here and now — is still unfolding. Stuck in the fury of social media, we’re swept up in dizzying chaos like leaves in a gale force wind. We’re trapped in a Never-Ending Now — blind to our place in history, engulfed in the present moment, overwhelmed by the slightest breeze of chaos."

It also brought more clarity to the quote I've heard often of the Medium being more powerful than the Messages that it carries. For a much deeper dive on this, David also wrote a powerful piece on The Age of Abundance, which may have been one of the more impactful pieces I've read all year. If you read nothing else, scroll down to the Paradox of Abundance section. 
Once again - please simply hit Reply and let me know something you're grateful that was in some part unique to this year so far. 

I'm really excited to see your replies. 

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