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Gratitude | Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings. I have always loved what this holiday represents – being thankful for what we already have. It’s an wonderful time of family gatherings and gratefulness without the commercialism and expectations of gift giving. As we turn our thoughts to the simple joys and little things in life that make us happy, we start to see the beauty all around us and realize how amazing life really is.

On this day of thanksgiving, my emotions are jumbled. Mixed with the feelings of being blessed and grateful for everything in my life are feelings of sadness for those I know are struggling.

Before my flight into St. Louis on Tuesday morning my thoughts were of my own selfish wish to get safely into the St. Louis airport for a visit with family and friends. Then watching the news and seeing what had happened the night before in Ferguson I felt such sadness for the people who live in the area amidst turmoil, anger and chaos they have no control over. Unfortunately the horrible acts of a few have destroyed the community for many. I pray for the safety of everyone living in Ferguson and wish them a day of peace and contentment.

Today there is gratefulness for friends and family I am blessed to spend time with along with fond memories of those who are no longer with us. I look forward to making more memories as we enjoy this beautiful, sunshiny day together.

I am thankful to be able to get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air this morning before filling my tummy with delicious food. Unfortunately not everyone is this world has that privilege. I pray for them to be blessed with food to fill their needs.

My thoughts go to my son Cody who, along with so many others who serve our country, will not be with family this Thanksgiving. Because of their sacrifice, we are blessed with freedoms that we often take for granted.

Wherever you are, I hope you are able to enjoy your blessings not just today, but every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“For each new morning with it’s light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

for health and food,

for love and friends,

for everything

thy goodness sends.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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