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  December 10, 2010
Lessons Learned...


This is the story of an old dog who lived in the country and who also liked to chase squirrels... 

One day the dog was out chasing a wily squirrel and before long, discovers that he’s lost in the woods. Wandering about, he notices a young mountain lion heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old dog thinks, "Uh-oh, I’m in BIG trouble now!"

Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. 

Just as the mountain lion is about to attack, the dog exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious mountain lion!  I wonder if there are any more around here?...I’m still hungry."

Upon hearing this, the young mountain lion halted his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror came over him and he quickly retreated into the trees.

"Whew!", said the mountain lion, "That was close! That old dog nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, the wily squirrel, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put his knowledge to good use and trade it for future protection from the young mountain lion.

So, off he goes to tell the mountain lion that he’s been duped, but the dog saw him heading after the young mountain lion with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

The squirrel soon catches up with the mountain lion, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the mountain lion. The young mountain lion is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the dog sees the mountain lion coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks "What am I going to do now?"   But, instead of panicking, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them.

Just when they get close enough to hear, the old dog says "Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off over an hour ago to bring me another mountain lion to eat!"

The moral of the story is this:

Age and experience will often overcome youth and treachery.

These last few years have been extremely trying for most people.  If you"ve survived (or even thrived), then consider yourself extremely fortunate as so many around you did not. 

Now that the worst of the problems appear to be behind us going into 2011 (the stock market, banking and manufacturing seem to have "stabilized") do you believe that you will ever be the same person you were only ten years ago? 

Will people ever again believe that there is no way to lose an investment in real estate?...that some companies are just too big to fail?...that our conservative "nest egg" is really safe...or that we are somehow insulated from being laid off or losing our homes?...

The "Great Recession of 2008" is far from over but what lessons have we already learned that have helped us to survive the future? 

What will we do differently over the next 20 years?

More importantly what will we do tomorrow...the day after that...the week and/or month after that...

How will we use the experiences of the last few years to grow and thrive?...

Learn from the past...live in the  present...prepare for the future...

Thank you very much for your support of OptiFuse where we hope that we share our futures together...

Jim Kalb

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