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Find Grace With Gratitude & Forgiveness

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Sometimes in life when we feel that the challenges we face are insurmountable, it can be difficult to feel thankful for much of anything.  Yet gratitude is exactly what is needed in the most challenging of days. Taking a moment during the chaos to breathe into what’s right among all that is wrong, is an act of grace and grounding.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”
~ Melody Beattie

I am grateful even for the dark times of my life, because the darkness has allowed me to fully embrace and appreciate even the tiniest specks of light.  And the lessons from the difficult days and years have helped transform me into who I am today – a stronger, wiser, and more appreciative woman.

“Dear World, I am excited to be alive in you, and I am thankful for another year.”
~ Charlotte Eriksson

Many times, coming to terms with the darkness means allowing forgiveness into our lives.  Forgiveness of others, even if we can’t forget, and as importantly forgiveness of ourselves for mistakes we may have made along life’s path.  When we harbor anger, we may be ultimately harming ourselves, as that emotion boils into physical ailments, mental stress and emotional breakdowns within us.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and  discover that the prisoner was you.” 
~ Lewis B. Smedes

So, this Thanksgiving I hope you will forgive yourself  and others for what no longer serves you and be thankful for the lessons that have shaped you into who you are today.

From all of us at Divorce Money Matters and DivorceTown USA, we send you thoughts of gratitude for your patronage and support over the years.  We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving stuffed with turkey and a hefty dose of gratitude.

Expert Article:

Clients:  Blessings Throughout the Year, By:  Raegan King, Family Law Attorney will warm your hearts and shed light on the important of individualized education plans in the lives of special needs children.

Guest Posts of Gratitude:

In Tragedy and Loss.  There are so many things in my life to be thankful for; a fulfilling career, wonderful clients, special friends, and a loving and supportive family.  Very recently, one of my dear friends and mentors suddenly passed away, which has made me reflect on what is truly important in life. What I am most thankful for are the deep relationships that I have been so blessed to share with people that God has placed into my life and my true desire is to let them know just how important they are to me in this lifetime.   By:  Beverly Fenello, Realtor

Don’t Forget the Past. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Indigenous people, the theft of their land, and the relentless assault on their culture currently being waged in several Indigenous nations today. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native people who survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection.  Let us honor the Indigenous people who gave up their homes, land and traditions so others might have a new home. “Together we are strong as a tribe.”
By:  Dorothy M Neddermeyer, Ph.D.



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