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From The Chaplain's Desk
November 2011 Chaplain's Corner

By Amy Whitcomb, State Chaplain

  NOVEMBER 3, 2011 --

State Session has finished and we are on our way to a New Year in the Grange.  All of us are grateful for the blessings we have received during the year.  This month let us discuss gratitude as we enter the Thanksgiving season.  Gratitude is not just for specific material things, careers or relationships that we enjoy.  It is a practice to cultivate for a lifetime.  You are not obligated to thank God for your life, for your job, or for your prosperity.  However, giving thanks is an important state of your consciousness which keeps you in an awareness of oneness with divine flow.

When you understand this you see that a grateful heart does not need something to be grateful for.  One can be grateful with the same spontaneity as being happy.  It simply flows forth from within and becomes a causative energy.  When we have an attitude of gratitude we are like a magnet attracting goodness.  It does not mean we do not have challenges to overcome or never lose things that matter to us.  It means that we cultivate a consciousness of gratitude and acknowledge our blessings in the midst of the myriad events of our lives.  “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more it turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough.  Blessings can be counted in many ways.  Each of us should reflect on our blessings and show the gratitude they deserve.  As you reflect you will find a feeling of peace for what your life has brought you.  As an exercise in gratitude try journaling about your blessings and what you have to be thankful for.  As I close my column, I wish for each of you a blessed holiday season.


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