Tricounty News

Let 2008 be a year of gratitude

An Cherokee elder explained to his grandchildren, "A battle is raging inside me ... it is a terrible fight between two wolves. "One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. "The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The old man looked intently at the children. "This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person too." One child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The answer came: "The one you feed."  - Cherokee proverb Much has been studied and written about the power of the positive in one's life. Acknowledging and showing gratitude is a big step toward moving toward the positive. And, I believe, the more good we show, the more good we can receive. In that light, we invited people to submit "thank you's" to be published in the Tri-County News at no charge. Only a few people took us up on it. So we're extending the offer, indefinitely. We also have a supply of engraved "thank you" notes which we will provide at no charge. Just come to the office during business hours and pick some up. This will mark my third attempt at a "season of gratitude". I thnk it has not been more used because people just get so busy. That's what I want to believe anyway. We all have much to be grateful for. As individuals, families, and as a country we have been very blessed. I invite you to express gratitude for these blessings. (We can help you with the wording, too, if you'd like.)  You can choose which wolf to feed: the negative one that brings fear, greed, and regret, or the positive one that brings joy, serenity and hope.  grat•i•tude noun The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindnes. P.S. Yes, that was me in the birthday ad last week.