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“Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
– Billy Graham

Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a day we have set aside from all other  days to honor those who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces. We should look forward to this day—not as simply another holiday or chance to save big at a “Veteran’s Day Sale”—but as an opportunity for thankfulness.

The proud service of our veterans shape the image of how we see ourselves as United States Citizens and the manner in which citizens of other countries interpret our place on the world stage. Their strength and courage inspires all of us to stand tall!

That we are not waking up this morning to the sounds of gunfire as rebels threaten our homes and families is a testament to the fortitude our nation exhibits through the courage and exemplary service of our Armed Forces. We owe so much to the little-seen efforts of these dedicated men and women in hostile countries, on ships at sea, or behind closed doors. They work far from the spotlight and the big stage, yet their actions are critical to the safety and well-being of all Americans.

As a nation we have an obligation to pause our daily routine to remember those who put their entire lives on hold to serve us—you and me, and our parents and our children, and their children. The sacrifices they made continue to influence the freedoms we enjoy, yet too often overlook. When it comes to men and women of the Armed Forces, let’s not forget their service and instead make it a habit to practice thankfulness on purpose.

Whatever you are, honor the sacrifice of those who have served!


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It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful,
but what you have in your heart” [unknown].

When I hear the phrase, “Making a List” I generally think of Christmas and Santa Claus and good boys and girls and presents and grocery shopping. Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily spring to mind.

What if we changed things up this year? What if we made lists of those things for which we are thankful, instead of those things we must accomplish or purchase or plan for or fix?

My friend, Melanie, recently posted a challenge on Facebook, “Let’s see how many people can do this. Every day this month until Thanksgiving, think of one thing that you are thankful for, and post it as your status. “Today I am thankful for . . . “ I think Melanie has a great idea!

Right now. This very minute. Stop and think about something for which you are thankful.

You will find the power of gratitude is amazing.  It transforms attitudes and reduces negativity. “It is hard to be negative about your situation when you are thinking about things for which you are grateful.  One of the fastest ways to improve your mood or outlook is to count your blessings” [Kevin Eikenberry].

An attitude of gratitude has the power to transform your world.  “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life” [A. J. Cronin].

Pause and remember.
Make a gratitude list.
Recall the kindness.
Write down the blessing.
Say, “Thank you.”
Be grateful.

Whatever you are, be a good one,


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