I have to admit I get a bit emotional here and there. I'm the kind of guy that reads into everything a little too much and tries to find more of a meaning. Now, if you need to know anything intimate about me it's that I hold the idea of brotherhood very close to my heart. It's a unique bond that's inexplicable to others, and it can help shape you so much as an individual for the better (or worse, but that's a discussion for another time.)  

In saying that, I want to talk about Remember the Titans. I have to admit that I've never seen the movie fully. However, one part sticks out to me so boldly, and it helps you realize what matters in life.

Let’s cut to the scene where Coach Boone leads his team on the early morning run. Since the team’s bond is so weak due to sharp racial tensions, Boone makes the gut-punching decision to bring them to Gettysburg. There, he explains that hatred still exists today and that it can destroy the things we find so precious in life. He lays out that, "If we don't come together, right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed..."

And he's right, universally. If you act like a brotherhood but don't think like a brotherhood, the bond you share with your "brothers" will be destroyed once the tough gets going. Why? Because all you have done is create a facade without any true backbone to support your bond.

But what specifically is that backbone? Shortly after, Boone continues in saying that, "I don't care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other." And like that, BAM. He steered the team from implosion. How? He put down a major stepping stone in helping shape this misguided bunch into a brotherhood: ESTABLISHING RESPECT. Without respect nothing can ever be expressed with trust and/or understanding. Without that, how do you even establish an intimate bond?

Sorry if the above doesn't make much sense. But it did to me, and it would to my brothers, and that's what matters.

This all being said, I want to bring it back to Orange Umbrella. Some of us Oranges may not see eye to eye on what slogan we should choose, or on what data to base a decision on, but each of us respects everyone’s individual drive and passion. That’s what gets us through a project, and that’s what makes us family. And honestly, bonds like these are what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. These people can teach you so much, be it anything from how to nail that big interview you have tomorrow, to how to tell that special girl “I love you.” But the greatest thing you can learn from such a bond is how to improve and find yourself both personally and spiritually. I know it sounds corny and cliché, but it’s the truth.

Ok, you’ve heard me ramble on for a while now, so let’s wrap up. I’ve written this out before and believe it wholeheartedly, so I’d like to leave you all on this note:

No matter how long you were actively apart of a bond, what happens during your years within it, how close or distant you come to be with certain people then or in the future, or how hard you try to embrace or block these people out, they'll forever be in the back of your head and you eventually realize that you’ll always be there for each other.

Be kind.

- Greg