Grateful for Another New Year

Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. If we look at some typical New Year’s resolutions we find a common theme – the need for more discipline:

  • Lose Weight, i.e. eat less, exercise more
  • Earn More Money, i.e. less time on the couch, more time at the office
  • Be a Better Person, i.e. be more patient with others, less anger

We can accomplish anything we want, with a disciplined approach. But for a lot of us, discipline is hard to come by. So I’m suggesting a slightly different approach: gratitude. Where we lack in discipline, let’s at least adopt the “gratitude attitude.”

Okay, maybe we could stand to lose some weight – but let’s be grateful for the food on our tables and while we’re at it – the roofs over our heads, the clothes in our closets. And maybe we’d like to earn more money, but again, let’s be grateful for the unique skills each one of us possesses that allows us to go out and obtain employment. And okay, maybe we need to work on being patient, but how about showing gratitude for the loved ones in our lives.

This year as John and I speak to the CEOs and CFOs of the companies we invest in or may invest in, we just might throw in a new question – what are you grateful for.

A new oath holds pretty well; but… when it is become old, and frayed out, and damaged by a dozen annual retryings of its remains, it ceases to be serviceable; any little strain will snap it.   ~Mark Twain, speech, New York City, 1885