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A thoughtful thanksgiving

Recently, Holy Cross Church in DeWitt held a special liturgy called, "Count Your Blessings."

The mass was purposely scheduled to take place prior to the holiday rush, when everyone is scrambling to get through November and December. It served as a reminder to be thankful for all your blessings.

In celebration of Thanksgiving this week, it really is the perfect time to reflect on your life: past, present and future. Can you see the silver lining when things go wrong? Do you empower your mind with visions of a glass half full? We all have trying times, but we eventually get through them. Sometimes what seem to appear as mountains of problems usually wind up faded memories, if that.

My Uncle Earl, who died in 1996, once told me that, "Everything always works out." I know it sounds trite, but I believe it to be true. I can't recall the problems I had back then in detail, yet I'm sure they were insurmountable to me. Instead of worrying over things we can't control, things that only time can help, it's best to focus on our daily blessings, which Holy Cross Church so aptly demonstrated with its mass.

What am I thankful for?

That with each new day I am given the energy and grace to get through it. That problems lead to solutions, which build a stronger foundation for growth. I'm thankful for the love of my family. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I'm thankful for my fiance, who's opened up a completely new world for me, who has broadened my horizons and challenges me to think for myself. I'm thankful for the support of my friends and my co-workers, my loyal readers, the unconditional love of my cat, Bella; my faith, my health and my ability to give back and be a productive citizen.

This year, my family and I are taking it easy by not going into holiday debt, which is another piece for which I'm grateful. We decided instead to enjoy the season simply for what it is: love, appreciation, miracles and family.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Eagle Bulletin wishes you the best this holiday season, and much to be thankful for.

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