Olde West Chester Christmas Walk

Nov 17, 2017   //   by Bruce Mason   //   Weekly Market Update  //  No Comments

There are a lot of macroeconomic events which we could talk about.  For example, Venezuela falling into default, the end of Mugabe’s thirty-seven-year reign over Zimbabwe, and President Trump’s recent trip to Asia.  Other topics might include the faltering NAFTA negotiations or perhaps the tax bill that passed in the House of Representatives this week.  Some might find interest in General Electric’s long and slow downfall, or perhaps the surprise announcement that the P&G proxy battle did, in fact, go to Nelson Peltz.  However, with the temperatures falling and Thanksgiving less than one week away, my thoughts have turned to the approaching holidays and the realization that another year is quickly coming to an end.

With this in mind, I am going to forgo the usual political, economic, and financial commentary and instead give you a poem on the theme of thanksgiving.  This poem is written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox who was born in 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin.  It is said she was published by the time she graduated high school.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hand about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives,
And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

In closing, I want to invite everyone to come tomorrow to the Olde West Chester Christmas Walk.  This will be our ninth year participating and enjoy seeing everyone partake in this festive event.  It is open to the public and runs from 2 pm to 8 pm.  The parade is the highlight of the day and should not be missed.  It starts at 7 pm and makes its way down Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. Our office is the perfect place to view the parade as it marks the mid-point of the route.  As always, we will have a nice offering of cookies and warm cider and a balloon artist for the kids.  We hope to see you tomorrow!

November 17, 2017

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