Take a second to be thankful

| January 6, 2011
Stephen Plowden

Stephen Plowden

I have had hardships in my life, as most of us have. But even in the hardest of times, when I have felt very little to be thankful for, I would muster thoughts of thankfulness. I would tell myself that things might not be going according to the master plan, but I still have the ability to get up each morning and see my children smile. I have family and friends I consider a cherished gift in my life. I have a brain that still works, and if I use it to its potential, I believe I can preserve.

In my deepest, darkest days, I came to realize that my outlook helps determine a lot of things in my life. There is always something to be thankful for.

It seems every year is passing quicker and quicker. While I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions, I normally set goals and changes I would like to make. The fresh clean pages of a new calendar will hold these markings for the upcoming year. Recapping the previous year and reflecting on what I have to be thankful for is much better than dwelling on what is lacking. It’s also therapeutic for me to hear what other folks are thankful for.

Stephen Plowden: I am thankful for the feeling I get when I help someone. I don’t help people to get the feeling, but I do love how I feel, and it makes me thankful for just being.

Matt Weber

Matt Weber

Matt Weber: I am thankful for so many amazing blessings throughout my life. I’ve been very fortunate to have an amazing family and great friends who endlessly support me and a career that has developed me and allowed me to grow as a person. I’m hoping the next year, and many years to come, will allow me the same joys.

Karen Hunt: I am thankful for my nieces and nephews. I have six ranging in age from 9 to 14. I am always amused and amazed by their different takes on life. Spending time with them always puts things in perspective and makes me realize what is important in life. They are wonderful reminders to slow down and spend time with the ones you love.

Karen Hunt

Karen Hunt

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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