I’m thankful for my dog Olive and all nine pounds of her alpha qualities; as much as she drives me nuts with her protective barking at every sound as she sits near me while I work. I’m thankful for credit unions waking up to the plusses and minuses of fintech instead of blindly following along, and asking the important questions like, “Is this really what we want to become?” and “Will this help us grow our younger generations of members?” I’m thankful for stupid mistakes and the lessons we should learn from them; for instance, the four credit union employees in Idaho who dressed in blackface as the Jamaican bobsled team for Halloween. It was unbelievably stupid, and hopefully it will be a lesson that should have been learned decades ago: That there is no right in their actions – it’s all wrong.

I’m thankful for all of my iPhone chargers and the fact that I keep at least two with me at all times. More so, I’m thankful that airlines have figured out that we freakin’ need places at the gates to charge up before we get on a long flight on a plane without USB ports. I’m thankful that we are doing a tiny bit better with diversity in the credit union workplace – it’s not great, but it’s a little better and our team does notice these things when we receive all of the announcements from credit unions when they hire or promote executive leaders. I’m thankful that I don’t need half-and-half in my coffee. I’m thankful that eventually everyone gets caught, no matter how elaborate the scheme is, to steal money from credit unions. Peter Strozniak and I discuss this a lot and the discussions always end with, “Well, it might take years, but everyone gets caught.”

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