thankfulI’m thankful for my many friends around the world who take such great care of me. My global travels have all been the result of or under the hospitality of local friends who taught me that “you see what you know.”

I’m thankful for the many people who enter (and sometimes exit) my life on a regular basis. I’m thankful for those who taught me to “let go of expectations while holding on to passion, desire, and ambition,” who remind me that I’ll survive longer if I “be like the reed rather than the oak,” and who taught me that “competing with myself is easier and more rewarding than competing with others.”

It is my friends who regularly remind me of the words of Sir Isaac Newton: “If I can see further than anyone else, it is only because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.”