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Meditation: In Everything Give Thanks
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I recently read an article explaining the unlikely friendship between George W. Bush and U2 lead singer Bono. The story detailed how the influential musician used to criticize the former US president and his father (George H.W. Bush) at concerts during their presidencies, but the two eventually met and found common ground and have teamed up to benefit AIDS awareness and anti-poverty initiatives in Africa. It was a heart-warming read to consider that a liberal rock star from Ireland and a conservative politician from Texas could set aside differences to join forces to serve their fellow men.

The world can use much more of that. So can our nation, and our valley. Discord and the focus on differences are prevalent in society nowadays. The growth of social media – which has provided much good – has brought with it an ease of sharing opinions, good and bad. Too often bad, in my opinion.

Reading that article I thought back to a post last month on the Greenhorn Valley Facebook page, when an administrator – presumably in response to some continued back-and-forth and lingering disagreements – posed the question:

“What if today all 1,843 of you posted something you’re grateful for about the Greenhorn Valley...”.

The inquiry generated nearly 200 comments of residents listing the many great aspects of the valley, and resulted in a comments section that permeated a positive vibe full of sentiments of common gratitude. We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, In every thing give thanks. The counting of one’s blessings has a powerful affect.

I was reminded of another image from social media that simply states: “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”

Jesus Christ provided us a perfect example of focusing on the positive, and He reminds us in the second great commandment: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We have much in common and much to be grateful for. So here’s to setting aside differences, noticing the good in others, cutting folks slack and spreading positivity. God bless.

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