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In the United States, most people correlate the month of November with Thanksgiving. This is a traditional holiday that is recognized by many as a period of counting one’s blessings, sharing kindness and generosity with the people we care about, and being thankful for all of the joys and abundance of good fortune in life that we are blessed with. 
In light of the recent devastation across the East coast that has affected so many people, it’s more important than ever that each day we express our gratitude and have faith, whether we are experiencing good times or bad ones. 
I was reading Joel Osteen’s Become A Better You recently, and was reminded of this vital message in his chapter about gaining a higher perspective during challenging times. Osteen said, “At times, I have been on an airplane about to take off and the skies outside are gray and overcast, almost depressing… Finally, we break through the dismal skies, and behold, up above the clouds the sun is shining and the sky is bright blue. One of the best things you can say to yourself when you are tempted to get discouraged is, “This too shall pass. It is not going to last forever. The clouds will dissipate one day, and I will see the goodness… again in my life.”
In life, we all experience ups and downs, and it’s up to us to choose how we respond to these situations. We can choose to react as a “victim”, feeling sorry for ourselves and evoking pity and sympathy from others, or we can allow those situations to help shape and mold our character – making us stronger, more adaptable, wiser, and grateful for all the blessings we do have in our lives. 
Always remember that you fundamentally are a strong, valuable person who is cared for and appreciated; and that the sun is always shining, even if you can’t see it at times.

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