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Be Thankful

Be Thankful

Isn’t it exciting?

Nature’s Fall parade of colors, the crisp, cool air, and the aroma of a fireplace burning combined with the sweet, spiced scent of pumpkin treats baking in the oven are ushering in the holiday season.  

One of my favorite traditions at Thanksgiving involves selecting a short poem or anecdotal story to share with the family before the holiday feast. I’ll admit, I’ve been busier than usual and haven’t taken time yet to find this year’s special message. As I reminisced about the poem read last year, I felt inclined to forgo the standard approach to a President’s message and share this message about perspective and being thankful.

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. 

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

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I consider this one a keeper, good all year through!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope to see you December 2 for the IABC/Topeka Holiday party.

Lisa Ignoto
IABC/Topeka President