Every news segement I have seen in the last few days is loaded with information about what happened in Paris a few days ago. Not only what has happened, but the reprecussions of those actions. The level of uncertainty in the world rivals the time after the World Trade Center attacks. We all must learn to navigate through the uncertainty in our world and our lives.
You may wonder why I would comment on this subject in a real estate post. As I think about all that uncertainty going on around the world, it makes me thankful that I live where I do. The quiet and tranquil drive to work this morning was interupted by a couple of pheasants running across the road, my complaint that my car was getting dirty on the muddy road and listening to radio. That is a substantially different setting than the one being experienced by the refuges in the middle east that don't know if anybody will take them in or the families that lost loved ones in that senseless attack in Paris. South Dakota is a beautiful and quiet place to live and for that I am thankful.
The radio commentary that came on during the commute involved a conversation about gratitude and Thanksgiving. The radio announcer explained that gratitude is an attitude of the person and thankfulness is the result. As I processed that comment, I came to the realization that the attitude of gratitude is for me to enjoy, while the thankfulness that I express is what is given as a by-product of gratitude. So, as a result of this, I would come to the conclusion that practicing a life of gratitude will only create a richer and fuller life for me and because of that, share the thankfulness with those around me. May that be the kind of Thanksgiving we all experience this year. May your heart of gratitude create a joy that none of lifes uncertain moments can take away.
May I take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!