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Giving Thanks

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Too often, we get drawn into the chaos of our daily existence, which is consumed with lots of small issues and little time to focus on the large events of the day.    Then, when everyone is in bed and things are pointed toward tomorrow we are simply spent.

Recently, one of our Girl Scouts was seriously injured in a terrible accident on her way to school.   We all stop and take a collective gasp.   In the blink of an eye, her world was changed, along with that of her parents and her siblings.   It was likely a day when no one gave a minute's thought to something devastating happening.

You probably know someone who is battling cancer or some other disease or issue that could be terminal.   We can learn from those individuals.   I have a friend who has battled breast cancer for about four years now.   The operative word is "battled."   Early on, she told me that she decided, rather than spending her time pondering her demise, she was going to treat everyday as a gift to be enjoyed and savored.   She told me she no longer "searched" for happiness on a daily basis, she got up and savored the happiness that came to her everyday.   She enjoyed her walks with the dogs, and the time with her spouse, her family and friends.   She became grateful for every day she was given because it was a gift.   She stopped and smelled the flowers, listened to the birds singing, and watched the changes of the seasons.  What if we reoriented our perspective of dealing with the issues life presents and decide everyday was a gift and live it that way?   Would we not be surprised by the daily miracles around us that we don't take the time to savor?

At this time of year when we give thanks, we want to thank you for serving as a role model to the girls (and children).   These times will not be forgotten.   Girls will learn from the gifts you gave them for the rest of their lives.   Giving of your time and yourself is a gift.   It is a higher order gift because it transcends the daily trivia and provides the opportunity to savor the potential of those you interact with.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your gifts, your insights, your time and your talents.

Here's what the staff at GSSA is particularly thankful for this year - and every year.

We are grateful for girls who are willing to build their courage, confidence and character.

We are grateful for the parents who entrust their girls to the care of others to become a leader.

We are grateful for the adults who step forward to share their time and talents to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.

We are grateful for those who have gone before us, to build an organization with a 100- year history that people respect.

We are grateful to the communities that support our collective efforts through their financial assistance.

We are grateful to school districts, public utilities, and government entities that provide us with places to meet, camp, and build skills.

We are grateful for the opportunities given to serve the community we live in and give back.

We are grateful to operate within a community of like-minded people who understand the importance of making the world a better place.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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Dear Friends,

As we take time to feast on all the great food, family and friendship this Thanksgiving, we would like to thank you for the wonderful gifts you give to the girls you lead and to us.   Every day we are fortunate to interact with you as you share your gifts and talents with the girls in your community.   We are grateful for your willingness to share of yourself with others to make the world a better place. And we are, indeed, thankful for you this holiday.

We hope you have a bountiful Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Staff

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