I must admit one of my favorite things about this time of the year is getting all of the photo cards and even those family update letters ("Johnny just THRIVES in his Latin class"). I like checking out the new babies, the family pets, someone's sherpa. You all know the drill.
One of B's old friends sends her family's letter out before Thanksgiving, so it is always the first we receive. She and her family are very special -- for the last many years they have run a non-profit organization that provides clean drinking water to small villages in Central America. They are, obviously, very selfless and spiritual people. This year, Dana's letter was uplifting as usual, but I really, really liked something she wrote at the very end. I've been thinking about it ever since I first read it.
"May gratitude continue to take over your heart -- crowding out worry, fear, jealousy, envy, hate and the litany of other useless emotions."
Such wise words.