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~~Focus on being more thankful, not on having more to be thankful for. ~~

That is the gist of a message I saw recently on a church sign. Definitely food for thought. 

We grow into adulthood with mindsets that we want good jobs in order to have more rather than do more.

That creates issues when we get older. We have stuff we no longer want and a longer list of stuff we want to do. Retirement incomes may be fixed and/or limited, and our bodies may begin to retaliate so regret starts lurking, if we’re not careful, as we dream about places and activities that beckon. 

In this Thanksgiving time, I am indeed grateful for what I have but I am gaining a deeper appreciation for what I can do with what I have.  The material stuff is no longer the foundation of  that gratitude. Now I place more value on connections, experiences and responsibilities I have along with the health that allows me to interact and enjoy them more. Is everything peachy all the time? No, certainly not, but I am fortunate to still be able to entertain options when life does not go as planned. 

As we sail toward Christmastime, I am ever grateful for the love that is the foundation of the season as I search for ways to share it in my world.

Written for my Close to Home Column in the Dec. 4, 2019 issue of hometown weekly The Prospect-News.

The taste of Budweiser may be guaranteed but time isn’t.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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