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November 26, 2013

My Point Is... Thankful to be Thankful

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it is inevitable that a column about the many blessings and daily abundance we have is in order.

With the everyday struggles we face each and every day, finding the cheer in life is sometimes a challenge. There are good days; there are bad days. And there are some days that you feel it was not worthwhile to get up and face the day.

Depression runs rampant during the holiday season for many. Financial commitments and the commercialization of Christmas weighs heavy on some who find little money to spare for those expected extravagant gifts on Christmas Day. With the ‘official’ Christmas shopping season kicking off on the day after Thanksgiving, those on limited and predictable incomes are often overwhelmed and find themselves bordering on depression rather than the joy that marks the season.

But there is always hope for a better tomorrow, even in the darkest and most heart-wrenching moments of our lives. There is always some joy somewhere, even when it takes a deep, soul-searching effort to find it.

Each of us have something to be thankful for, even if it means reminiscing about days gone by and remembering better times. Feeling alone can be offset by remembering the days when families seemed to have a closer bond with one another, when visiting cousins, aunts and uncles was more often than a funeral gathering and when people seemed to cope easier with hardships than in today’s society.

It is so often that we take for granted the everyday things of life — the laugh of a young child, the smile of an innocent infant as it begins to recognize those who care for it, the brilliant hues of a sunrise and a sunset reflecting against airbrushed clouds, and the overall beauty of the world we live in.

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