When gratitude is a challenge

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie 1948 – This week, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. But it’s unlikely to be the holiday so many of us have grown accustomed to having. With a global pandemic still raging, many people consider it unsafe to travel or meet in large groups. Many others have suffered job losses or other financial setbacks and don’t have the money for a traditional celebration. Still others have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and are too grief-stricken to celebrate this year. I think most of us …
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Giving and getting

For it is in giving that we receive. St. Francis of Assisi c. 1181 -1226 When I was a young child, I wasn’t particularly fond of returning to school after the holidays — though not for the reason you might think. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like school as the fact that all my friends asked the same question: “What did you get for Christmas?” I’d have to recite the items I got and then ask them what they’d received. And naturally, each of us made a mental note of who got more. We judged ourselves on how …
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On being thankful

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple — yet so difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Bill P. and Lisa D. Hazelden Publishing With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it seems only appropriate to discuss the importance of reflecting on all the good things we have in life. The Pilgrim Fathers recognized the value of expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and started the tradition of setting aside a special day to give thanks for our …
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