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Gratitude in action

A lovely Monday morning with blue skies highlighting fresh snow on the mountains below brought thoughts of gratitude to many residents of Ketchikan.

What a beautiful place it is we call home! And while we all know Ketchikan is not perfect, most of us can quickly compile a list of all the good things here. Indeed, a thorough accounting of one’s blessings can produce a deep sense of humble thanks.

It also brings an awareness that good fortune is not spread equally throughout our community. Yet, even this can be a source of grace, because, Ketchikan being Ketchikan, many people here turn their gratitude into action by giving resources, time and effort toward meeting the needs of their fellow residents.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we all can contribute in lifting up our neighbors. A kind word can boost the spirit. Donating food, funds and everyday essentials to the local entities that seek to meet local needs is an effective way to get resources to where they can do the most good. Volunteering builds connections between community members, as does participating in local gatherings, services and events. All of these things help create and maintain the cycle of virtues for which many of us in Ketchikan are grateful.

Let a moment of reflection on a beautiful Ketchikan morning remind us to exercise our gratitude.