Count Your Blessings, Not Your Burdens
As the calendar turns to November, we start thinking about things for which we are grateful. If we look at the challenges and opportunities that life throws at us every day through the drinking glass analogy – we can either see the glass as being half full, or half empty. Over the years, I have come to find that our minds can easily allow us to look for the bad before we look for the good. In fact, we can look back over time, to our development as humans, to understand why looking for the bad actually kept us alive. Hundreds of years ago, if you walked the earth without constantly looking for snakes, lions and bears, you would quickly become “lunch”. So, it makes sense that we look for the bad first.
Today, we don’t have predators lurking at every corner waiting to eat us; however, we do have individuals that are looking to bring us down, take advantage of us, or steal our joy. We must remember that, in reality, this is only a small percentage of people. The overwhelming majority of folks out there are wonderful people who are almost always willing to help. We need to seek out the helpers, the ones who bring us joy, and the ones who lift us up. We must remember it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy!
We have so many, many, many wonderful things to be grateful for here at Dayton Independent Schools. There are many wonderful things happening in our schools and in the Dayton community. We are so grateful for the many individuals that help us Grow each day.
This Thanksgiving, let us try and take a moment to count our blessings, not our burdens. Thanks for helping us Inspire, Engage, and Grow!
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