Northeast Wisconsin
November 2016

November 2016

I have a confession to make. I didn’t spend an extreme amount of time thinking about the topic of this letter. I didn’t put my blood, sweat and tears into remembering personal stories to integrate to resonate with you. Why? The answer is simple: November is easy for me.

No, I don’t mean the weather, workloads or busy weekends. With those things in mind the month can appear even more stressful than others: the seasons are transitioning, holiday get togethers are planned and people are scrambling to get things done before the new year. But to many, including me, Thanksgiving at the end of the month along with all it means, sets the tone.

One of my favorite quotes has always been, “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, and there doesn’t seem a more appropriate time to share it than this month. We celebrate something that is literally telling us to “give thanks.” It’s a nice, and necessary, reminder to slow down and think about all we have instead of all we hope for. Striving for new things and adventures is powerful and important, but pauses to remember all we have is significant too.

Reverend April Kain-Breese describes it perfectly in Unity of Appleton’s article this month: “Every moment spent in gratitude is a good moment, so if you are having some ‘bad moments,’ take a gratitude break.”

I’m especially grateful for the knowledge and insight our authors offer the community, and our relationships with readers. Thank you for joining us!

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