Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

-Melody Beattie

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the quote above.

I recognize that all of us have felt the enormous weight of the world’s challenges these past several years. And many of my clients have been overwhelmed with sadness at daily news reports that are less than rosy. It is hard sometimes to keep a smile on your face.

My family volunteers regularly at The Lord’s Kitchen. It is a small thing to do in a world so full of challenges. It is hard to imagine that there are people who are starving in America, but there are. And many of those folks are right in our own communities. Don’t forget the donation of a turkey or canned food items are desperately needed at all our local food pantries. One of my favorite places for food donations is Sterling House Community Center.

Having just wrapped up a longer term clutter clearing project with a lovely client, I am also reminded that the stuff we no longer need can make an enormous difference in someone else’s life. Those almost new coats, blankets, shoes, dishes, toys, and more are accepted with open arms at Palm and Able, Goodwill, the Salvation Army and so many more worthy charitable organizations.

Take a moment to be grateful – even if your life isn’t perfect – you just may find that what you have is enough, and more!

Thank you to all my good friends – I am and always will be grateful for you!

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