Living Well – Gratitude

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

"We must change from looking at the lack in our lives to looking at the abundance in our lives and being grateful." – LaVon Rader

This little quote was part of a presentation on living a simple abundant life at the Diocese of Green Bay’s convocation for 2009. When I heard it, I realized that I had personally been looking at the lack in my life and it was making me unhappy. Now I finish my journal entries with one thing I am grateful for that day. Slowly I am discovering that the good things I have far outweigh the things I lack. So during this "season of giving", we might be asked to make a list of all the things we want. Maybe it would be smarter to make a list of the things we are grateful for and spend time enjoying them rather than asking for more.

Thanksgiving in Wisconsin

We woke up Thanksgiving Day to a thick blanket of snow, our first for the year. Now I could look at the "lack" of warm weather, but instead I’ll be grateful for the abundance of snow. And I am also grateful for the sun, which by early afternoon had melted all the snow.

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