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November 19, 2012

Think About It: A Broader Sense of Thanks

Don't look now, but it's that time of year. Yes, the holidays are upon us, and with them come the normal seasonal madness of gifting, food excesses, being thankful, acknowledging people, etc. While being really pleasant to others is not something that has to be reserved for the six-week window between Thanksgiving and January 1st, we do seem to ramp up the niceness a notch when the calendar hits late November.

Do you consider yourself lucky at this time of year? Lucky to have the people you have in your life, lucky to have a job, lucky to have your health? Do you take the time to count the positive things you have going for you, or do you "wallow in the mire", as Jim Morrison of The Doors sang 45-years ago. While you can't control a lot of things around you- like other people or mall traffic- you can control how you respond, how you react, and how you feel.

Now would be a great time to not only show your appreciation to those in your inner circle, but to reach out and touch someone further away- a casual acquaintance, a service worker, a member of our armed forces, a person who always seems to have a smile on his or her face, a non-profit entity in need. We have a plethora of those people and organizations in Hawaii, thank goodness, so finding a way to spread the seasonal cheer should not be that tough. People talk about "spreading the aloha" in Hawaii, and that spirit, which you control, can be pervasive and contagious all the time, not just in the holiday season. So let the good-attitude festivities begin, and may they continue beyond the boundaries of a new year! Think about it…


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