When asked to share what I am thankful for, my thoughtful response is time. I am grateful for each additional day I have to spend with family, friends and doing the things that bring internal fulfillment and happiness rather than chasing fame, fortune, and materialistic trophies.

I can't get back the lost years foolishly pursuing externally based happiness, but I can control how I spend my time today, and the coming days I may be fortunate to enjoy in health. It's time to put the modest fortune acquired to use by creating space for the best use of each minute of each available day.

So, rather than continue to allow time to be consumed toiling for the shareholders to acquire additional comforts beyond reasonable temperance, I shall retire early with health in hand. And in retirement, pursue a better self to grow internally further and benefit all within my circle.