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Showing gratitude in the good times and the bad

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

EDITORIAL---ron-mug-colorgsThe Van-Far Character+ word for the month is “gratitude.”
I saw this on a window sign at Cole Chiropractic and began thinking about that word.
Gratitude means “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
Most of us are living extremely busy lives. We go from one thing to the next and get ourselves stuck in a rat race of trying to keep up with our neve-ending to-do list that seems to get longer every time we remove an item.
Then as soon as our car stops working, a kid gets sick, we get sick, or have some struggles with our job, many of us quickly respond with a negative view on the matter.
Regardless of the situation and circumstances you are in, I challenge you to think about this word “gratitude.”
When the car stops working, be grateful that the car actually worked the other 364 days or however many days it actually has worked.
Be grateful you at some point were in a financial situation to even be able to purchase a car.
When sickness strikes, try being grateful for the times you aren’t sick.
Also, there’s always somebody out there who is likely going through a tougher battle with their health than you or your child is going through.
While gaining a renewed focus on being grateful for the blessings you do have, you are now in a healthy state of mind to make a difference in someone else’s life. You can now return kindness to others.
All of us take our lives for granted. We fail to remember that we are not guaranteed the few seconds you’ve taken to read this sentence.
Let’s also be careful to not take anything for granted. We are blessed to wake up, breathe, eat food, drink, and so much more. I pray that those reading this editorial will try being more grateful this week.
I’m grateful you took the time to read this editorial. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!