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Being Grateful At Such A TimeBy Lisa Hein
Itís an amazing time of the year and when we think about it, cannot even believe itís almost over. The leaves are changing all around us, the days are shorter, and depending on where you live, there may even be snow on the ground. These are a few things at this time of the year we may see.
Now, the real question is, what do we feel? This time of the year is one that should be received with graciousness. One that allows us to reflect on the amazing year that has gone by. Remember what we achieved? Who came into our lives that touched us to the core? Are we thinking of that special person who is no longer with us? What does this time of the year allow you to feel?
The word that comes to mind is grateful. We have so much to be grateful for, including without a doubt, our family. Family is the most important factor in our life and at times, we donít even give it a second thought.
We are blessed to be able to sit quietly and reflect on how many obstacles weíve overcome and who was there to go through them with us. Life has definitely taken many of us up some hills and down some valleys. But, we made it, and we couldnít have made it without each other. Let us be grateful.
Grateful is being loyal to the ones who stood by us even when they had every right to walk away.
Grateful is knowing that no matter what time of day or night it was, someone special was there to take that call or answer their front door.
Grateful is seeing how blessed we are when we look around and see that others may not have anything.
Grateful is that feeling of contentment that we know we can only change ourselves, not others.
Grateful is the love we feel from others that leave us knowing we are not alone.
This is the time when we should not take the meaning of being grateful lightly. Let us be humble for the gifts we receive on a daily basis. Those gifts may be as small as a smile from a stranger or the hand wave from a small child as you walk by. Gifts of gratefulness come in all shapes and sizes. Seize them.
Be thankful for all that may come your way and know that you can pay it forward with gratefulness in your heart when you come in contact with another person. Happy Thanksgiving!
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