“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich
Here we are - October 2014 - reflecting on the many ‘thanks’ and ‘givings’ we have in our lives. But first, I have to start by saying that I wish time would slow down a bit! These days, weeks and months seem to pass by so quickly. The seasons are distinct and I really love that. There is beauty in each season and that is breathtaking. The fall scenery is vibrant making it so easy to see the colors clearly. This world is truly awe-inspiring and we are so blessed to be experiencing it. So make sure you take the time to savour moments of happiness and gratitude and to share them any chance you get. Time passes so quickly and I am reminded again and again:
Be thankful for little things in life ... For one day you may look back
and realize that they were the BIG things. (edited quote)
I am so grateful that Warman is my home. Here, our children can live and play without threat. Our grocery stores are full and we have clean water to drink, to bath in and to flush – right inside our warm homes! We have fresh air to breathe. We elect those people we wish to govern without coercion. We have the freedom to speak. We can pick the jobs we wish to work, men and women alike. We can choose the person we wish to spend our life with and have the number of children we want to love and raise.
If you turn our globe even slightly, these same freedoms we have come to enjoy and expect are not a reality for many others. Life for many, many people is a constant state of survival.
As I think of things to be thankful for this year….. I recall a recent story shared with a group of elected representatives about the challenges reported by a mayor from the Ukraine. She shared the unexpected challenges facing her community. She talked about the challenges of finding the funds to purchase bullet proof vests, helmets for protection, as well as, the caskets needed by her residents. The community has baked pies, donated food and clothing and even now, continues to fundraise just to meet the basic needs of the community. This is a community in severe crisis, as their stable past has been replaced with a bleak and fearful future.
This story made me take a step back and take a good look at the many blessings we have here in Warman as well as the many blessing I have. Truly, we just can't imagine a community in such crisis and what it means for the men, women and children that live there. The contrasts from our thriving community versus most other regions in the world are undeniable. As Ebola threatens health, ISIS threatens security and war threatens sovereignty in the Ukraine; I'm very thankful for the structured growth we quietly experience.
When I look at Warman's past, present and future, I see a community that has seen many changes over the years. We continue to prosper and grow to become the community we want to nurture our families in. Our recreation facilities and activities have grown to include so many new options for every age group. Our health services have grown. Our city is beautiful, friendly, progressive and safe. The families and people who live, work and play in this City is truly what makes Warman what it is. We have the infrastructure, facilities and resources to grow and we have the people who make it vibrant. Thank you, to everyone for being a community that I am proud to represent. I am grateful.
So, on this Thanksgiving weekend, allow yourself to see all we have to be thankful for. The people in our lives, the beauty that surrounds us and the safety and freedoms we enjoy. Take a moment to pause, look up and around and be truly thankful.