Behold the glass! Is it half full or half empty?

It’s a question famously used to gauge if someone is an optimist or a pessimist.  Someone who has a heart full of gratitude, however, is just thankful to have a cup!

My mother instilled in (forced!) me at a very young age, to write thank you cards… and I did it (kicking and screaming most times!) so often that now it is a habit I cannot break.  Nor would I want to – it’s getting close to becoming a lost art in our highly digital age.  William Arthur Ward is credited as saying “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.  What better way to express your gratitude than to ‘snail mail’ something handwritten?  Maybe I am old fashioned, but in my opinion a text or email thank you, while sincere, just doesn’t have the same sparkle.

I try to instill in my kids that same grateful attitude.  Every time I hear them complain, I rephrase it and make them repeat it back to me in a thankful way.  “I wanted pizza!” turns to “thank you, God, that I have food to eat today and a table and chairs at which to sit comfortably and eat!”  They probably hate it.  But they will thank me one day, or at least be thankful the way I am for my mother.  Also, my mother made the best pumpkin pie.  Which leads me to think about Thanksgiving.  It is my favorite holiday.  Not just because you get to eat delicious turkey dinners and pumpkin pie, but because it seems to put everyone in a thankful frame of mind.  When I take time to call to mind my countless blessings, my heart fills with joy!

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“It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy!”

On a cold day like today, it is easy to be thankful for heat.  Likewise, I am thankful for life and breath and my family.  In addition, I am thankful for so many other things:  the countless people in this community that truly care about the future of our area, our businesses, and our citizens; our members banding together to promote the local economy; those in the city and county making important infrastructure changes; and those in the many service clubs (like rotary) across town who constantly serve others.  I am happy to be in a position to help the business community flourish in this ‘history in the making’ time to be living in Western North Dakota.

I am also particularly thankful for the Chamber staff, the Board of Directors, and all our committee volunteers – the Chamber wouldn’t be the same without you!

Thank you and may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

-Janna

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