There is always a time to express gratitude in your life, but around this time of year is when people begin to think of it a lot. As we near the holidays and reflect on the many ways we are thankful, there are a lot of materials available at your local libraries that you can checkout about the subject. We have an array of books right now at our own library you can browse through, and a whole bookshelf dedicated to the theme of gratefulness. Others can be found around the libraries within the Treasure Valley - and your librarians can help you locate these items for you and your family.
"What is given from the heart reaches the heart," Reverend Dennis announces during service one day. Encouraging the community to give back to a family that has lost everything in a fire, the Reverend's words help inspire a young boy - who has little to give - find the right gift for a family who is having a difficult time. I read through this book while I was preparing to write this blog at work, and a note to those who are easily moved, it will touch your heart. I may have shed a tear at the Reference Desk.
I love reading and I really love listening to books, and when there is an opportunity to read some inspiring and thoughtful words without investing a lot of time, I am all for it. Maria Shriver's book I've Been Thinking, is a great read for those who are looking to have a few daily moments of reflection and she has such a wonderful way of looking at the experiences she has had and finding joy within those times.
Taking a different approach to appreciating others, A.J. Jacobs uses humor to thank all of those who have a hand in producing his fresh cup of coffee each day. The book is light and refreshing, and definitely had me wondering how many people there are out there that I could thank every single day for everything that I take for granted.
Reflections on the Subject of Gratitude
What things are you thankful for in your life? Are there more things than you realized that you can appreciate that you may have overlooked? Personally, today I am grateful for a wonderful and supportive library and community, one that is willing to work hard and support each other in big and small ways. Thank you, Caldwell, for always showing us what a wonderful community you are!