Lately, I’ve been thinking about something a friend told me about his late grandfather. In his early 20s, the man left violence and oppression in Eastern Europe to find financial success on this side of the world, but the business went belly up during the Great Depression. He was in his early 60s before he found solid financial success again. Every year starting in October or November, my friend’s grandfather would sit down and send a donation to every one of the many charities that sent requests. It was usually $50, but sometimes it was more. The amount was less important than the act of recognizing his good fortune. “When I didn’t have it I couldn’t give, now I can so I do,” he would say. Seems to me that’s a good lesson for this season of giving and all year ’round.
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I want to take this opportunity to wish all my clients, colleagues, and friends a very happy holidays. Thank you to the County House Research team for all their hard work and good fellowship. A happy New Year to all. May 2018 bring health, peace, and prosperity. Cheers!