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We all know we should exude it.
We’ve all heard it about a gazillion times.
We understand that it is, without exception, the right thing to have.
An attitude of gratitude.
This zippy little year called 2020 certainly has put the concept to the test, to be sure.
For so many struggling with well, the very essence of being; it’s one tall order.
And yet, in everything, there is at least some small shred of appreciation to cling. Now more than ever, that slippery little sliver can be difficult to identify.
But it’s there.
Yes, there is suffering in abundance. There is sadness. There is loss.
But I’m here to tell you that, even in what seems like the darkest era in about a slew of ‘em; there is always something for which to be grateful. Honest.
I’m not going to pretend that this has been the best year ever. Or the second best. Or the 947th. Personally, I’ve found it to be just about the cruddiest poo-fest of a miserable excuse for a year in the 52 I’ve been blessed to have.
Then again, I’ve been blessed.
More than I should be. Certainly more than a whiny, snively schmuck like me deserves, hands down.
I lost my Pop this year. Some days, I still can’t wrap my head around that fact. The man was larger than life; a force if ever there was one.
I miss him every single day.
And yet, I was lucky enough to have more than a half-century with him. That’s a heckuva lot more than many folks get with their Dads. And I am grateful to have had it.
I have a son who is clearly the greatest gift of my life. The man he is, the integrity, honesty, decency, and character with which he chooses to conduct himself…well, it is my crowning achievement. He’s wicked funny and crazy smart, too. Just sayin’.
Yep, my “thank my lucky stars list” is a long one, Peeps: my hubby, my family, my friends, my job, and that all-important thing which sustains me through the happy, the sad, and the plain old flipping frustrating: my faith.
Shoot, how’s a human supposed to complain in the face of all that good stuff, Capisce?
But don’t just take my word for it, y’all. Here’s what some really big brains have had to say about being grateful:
“Gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” -St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” –Henry Ward Beecher
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness,” –Amy Collette
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation… your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” —Rabbi Harold Kushner
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy
“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” –Eckhart Tolle
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” –Aesop
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” –Lucius Seneca
Saved the best for last: “…For it is in giving that we receive,” -St. Francis of Assisi
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Kimerer is a columnist grateful for anyone reading this. Contact her at www.patriciakimerer.com
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November is pretty impressive for a month that comes in second to dead last, am I right?
Lots of people like the 11th month best. Well, many people; okay, like four.
This is probably because there are some undeniable detractors for the poor, put-upon month.
For instance, this year it brought the most redonkulous primary Election Day since Dewey defeating Truman, yo.
But other brutal characteristics are November’s earmark, as well.
For instance, at least in this neck of the woods, it’s usually cold. And dark. Really dark.
And it’s usually fairly dank most of the time, too. The kind of wet, humid, cold that seeps deep into your bones and stays there…’til next May.
Sure, it’s past peak foliage season. Yep, it’s too late for that.
The only hanging-on-to-the-tree-like-grim-death leaves left on most trees are…well, brown. The yucky shade at that.
Let’s face it, those suckers are pretty dried up and crumpled, too. Except for the ones that are all moth-eaten and Swiss cheese hole-y.
It’s also typically pre snow-globe beautiful, on the whole, Yep, it’s too early for that.
November’s usually not chock-full of those picturesque bright-sun yet snow-blanketed trees glistening in flocked awesomeness landscapes days. You know, the sort of stuff that inspired Currier, Ives, and what not.
Rather, it served as the impetus behind the Guns n Roses rock anthem “November Rain.” Surely you recall the uplifting 1991 video?
Lead singer Axl Rose marries gorge super model Stephanie Seymour…who promptly expires.
He spends the rest of his days standing in the cold November rain, ostensibly trying to join his beloved by catching pneumonia?
Ah yes. It’s a cheerful little commentary on November.
Certainly it’s no friend to turkeys. #Thanksgiving
Except for that one lucky Tom who gets a Presidential pardon every year, the wobbling gobblers are basically the walking dead.
Frankly, with the current state of things in old DC, even that one White House waddler might not necessarily be shoe-in for making it to Christmas vertically this year, capisce?
Either way…November DOES have some highlights. Naturally there’s Veteran’s Day on the 11th.
And if I’ve said this once, I’ve said it 45 bazillion times; we should be grateful to U.S. veterans every second of every minute of every day that we are alive, well, and safe in these United States. Yes, united. In a thread in some spots, but still.
According to “National Day Calendar”, here are more reasons for November love:
November 4: Candy Day, Healthy Eating Day, Military Families Recognition Day. Wait, since when is candy a health food? Eh, let’s go with it.
November 5: Doughnut Day. ‘Nuff said.
November 10: U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, Sesame Street Day, Young Readers Day, Forget-Me-Not Day, Vanilla Cupcake Day. Whew!
November 14: Spicy Guacamole Day, Pickle Day. Um, I suppose if you’re expecting, this might be a super awesome combo day?
November 15: I Love to Write Day, National Philanthropy Day, America Recycles Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day. Had to include this because of the first one. Hey, that last one should clearly come AFTER Thanksgiving, no?
November 21: National Adoption Day, World Hello Day, Family Volunteer Day, International Games Day. Love, love lovin’ these!
November 25: National Parfait Day, What Do You Love About America Day. Man is 2020 begging for us to celebrate both of this, you dig?
Overall, November’s pretty popular for coming in next-to-last, dontcha think?
Kimerer is columnist wishing y’all Happy November! Contact her at www.patriciakimerer.com
Spon: www.cailorfleming.com/ https://chickfilasouthernpark.com/ https://www.hbkcpa.com/consultants/james-dascenzo/ LK 21:28 Stand erect, raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.
I know you've got your mask on most of the time. And if you don't for the love of all that is holy put your flipping mask on in any public space already!
I hate the mask as much as the next earthling but I absolutely do and will wear for as long as it takes. Suck it up and keep it covered, y'all. #InItTogether
-- Ahem, as I was saying-- Life's pretty weird these days.
So, I know that we can't see each other's faces in total anymore. But that shouldn't stop you from smiling, yo.
Because it's obvious, even in your eyes, when you smile. Frankly, I think the glean in your peepers is as much part of the smiling process as your toothy grin.
And smiling is just a little nicety we can all afford to give any time, all the time. SO -- hidden, out for all the world to see, only partially visible; doesn't really matter. Just smile at the other humans, a'ight?
Why? Because it is KIND. And right now, the homo sapiens need as much KIND as we can get.
Do little nice stuff like smiling.
Do big nice stuff like volunteering at a homeless shelter every week.
Do even bigger nice stuff like helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home or spending the day making 500 pizzas to donate to a food pantry.
Just do what you can, when you can, as long as you can, as often as you can to show the kind to your fellow person.
'Cause KIND? Pretty dang cool, Capisce? #WorldKindnessDay #BeNice #Pray #Peace
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