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    Gratitude: A Word for All Seasons

    Gratitude, it’s a word that seems to get tossed around a lot sometimes and yet I’m not so sure that the true meaning of the word is known to some. Just for the sake of argument, gratitude, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary is “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.” A secondary definition is “the state of being grateful; thankfulness.” It seems as though we don’t seem to have quite enough of this going around lately.

    Trust me, I get it. Life is hard and there are always going to be bumps along the way but we need to learn in life how to get past things that happen and move forward. I know that this is easier said than done but for our own well-being and mental health it really is very important that we do the best we can at trying to overcome situations so that we can continue on in this journey.

    Another aspect of gratitude, as mentioned in the definition above, is thankfulness. We should be thankful each and every day for what we already have but it is never more evident than at this time of the year. As I get older, November becomes one of my favorite months because it’s one of the few holidays where we don’t have to worry about buying gifts at all. The only thing we need to concern ourselves with is getting together with the ones we love and sharing precious time together.

    Of course, food is involved also at Thanksgiving. I mean who doesn’t look forward to gorging themselves with turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing, rolls, mashed potatoes, etc. etc. It is in these moments of eating though that we should also be grateful and display gratitude for the fact that we are able to eat a wonderfully-prepared meal in a warm house with family and friends that we love and cherish. There are many in our midst that don’t have the things that we so often take for granted.

    Therefore, all the more reason to make sure that we gather together and are grateful for those that we get to spend the holidays with as they may not be here the next year. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow so we need to make the most of today and every day thereafter. I understand that having a gratitude attitude can be very hard to accomplish on certain days but we should always be striving to reach that level.

    So, if you haven’t done so yet this season, please take the time to remember those around you and to make sure that they know how much they are appreciated.  Family, friends, neighbors, and even enemies need to know that they are cared about and supported. If we all do our part then perhaps each and every day can be as special as the time we spend together at the holidays. Therefore, this Thanksgiving remember to thank someone for their kindness, lend a helping hand where it is needed, and on a daily basis just try to be thankful, grateful and display that sense of gratitude to those you meet. They will so appreciate it and it will be a blessing to you too.

    As a side note, just remember that the Daviess County Public Library has multiple items to check out for the holidays too. So, if you need something to read, listen to or watch that will help you to have a gratitude attitude then come check out what we have to offer.

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