• Joshua Wise

From the CEO's Desk...Happy Thanksgiving!


To those sitting around right now with a big meal at the relatives, and to those that only have a small meal at home, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

You know the story of this feast and it's origins stem from the colonial period in America. After a period of great loss to then a period of bounty, they came together to give thanks to God. While it didn't become a national holiday that day, early presidents recognized the value in appointing a day to give thanks. To which we now can celebrate it today. Out of all the Thanksgiving messages being shared today, I'd like to highlight Ben Carson's: " Hopefully on this Thanksgiving we can all pause and actually contemplate the many blessings we so often take for granted."

I won't lie, Broken Hammer had a rather rough year. Art team got wreaked a bit by real life. Music fared better but not by much. Which culminated in just last month finding out Georgy had to have a medical procedure done. Talk about rough for a small team like ours.

But then, there was a lot to be thankful for this year as our team grew a little and we started intern programs. In fact we just added a musician intern in early November.

The project did advance one way or another. We got the first story arc loaded into engine. We even saw characters from the future story arcs getting their first concepts done by Faith. Then Georgy, got though his operation and is doing well.

Pausing a moment and really thinking about the many blessings, does help a lot. It's easy to take things for granted.

I always am reminded of dialogue from the old Firefly TV series when times get rough: Simon: Are you always this sentimental?

Mal: I had a good day.

Simon: You had the Alliance on you... criminals and savages... half the people on the ship have been shot or wounded, including yourself... and you're harboring known fugitives.

Mal: We're still flying.

Simon: That's not much.

Mal: It's enough.

We're still flying here at Broken Hammer. I can't help but remember Muse and the stories Howard tells of their early days when everything seemed to go wrong. How they had to battle a hurricane to save Guns of Icarus. That is something I'm thankful for. All those times I chatted with Howard.

I haven't had to battle a hurricane yet but, Muse kept flying. Now they are launching Hamsterdam and continuing to fly. Going higher and higher.

It'll be our turn soon enough. Till then, we keep flying and we never forget our beginnings.

So I wish everyone the warmest Thanksgiving wishes. No matter how big a meal you are having, or even if it's just you and your furry loved ones, take a moment. Remember the blessings even if you can't think of anything big. Think of something small. Give thanks with a grateful heart.


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