Thanksgiving: The Appreciation of Life.

October 1, 2020

 

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OMG!‌ ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌already‌ ‌into‌ ‌Halloween‌ ‌and‌ ‌Thanksgiving!‌ ‌Take‌ ‌a‌ ‌deep‌ ‌breath‌ ‌and‌ ‌keep‌ reminding‌ ‌yourself‌ ‌ this‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌weirdest‌ ‌year‌ ‌for‌ ‌everyone.‌ ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌all‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌together,‌ ‌and‌ ‌regardless‌ ‌of‌ ‌how‌ ‌you‌ ‌or‌ ‌I‌ ‌feel‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌our‌ ‌reality,‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌us.‌ ‌ ‌Let’s‌ ‌be‌ ‌thankful‌ ‌for‌ ‌what‌ ‌we‌ ‌have,‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌time‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌year‌ ‌

to‌ ‌do‌ ‌it.‌ ‌Go‌ ‌outside‌ ‌every‌ ‌chance‌ ‌you‌ ‌get‌ ‌and‌ ‌connect‌ ‌to‌ ‌mother‌ ‌nature‌ ‌and‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌family.‌ ‌Unless‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌absolutely‌ ‌not‌ ‌an‌ ‌outside‌ ‌person,‌ ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌out‌ ‌there.‌ ‌Walk,‌ ‌run,‌ ‌exercise,‌ ‌explore.‌ ‌There‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ religious‌ ‌phrase‌ ‌that‌ ‌says,‌ ‌“A‌ ‌family‌ ‌that‌ ‌prays‌ ‌together,‌ ‌stays‌ ‌together.”‌ ‌I‌ ‌say‌ ‌this‌ ‌often,‌ ‌and‌ ‌then‌ ‌I‌ ‌follow‌ ‌up‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌family‌ ‌that‌ ‌plays‌ ‌together,‌ ‌stays‌ ‌together‌ ‌or‌ ‌exercises‌ ‌together‌ ‌or‌ ‌travels‌ ‌together‌ ‌or‌ ‌whatever‌ ‌together.‌ ‌There‌ ‌are‌ ‌several‌ ‌parks‌ ‌all‌ ‌over‌ ‌Miami-Dade‌ ‌County‌ ‌that‌ ‌have‌ ‌nature‌ ‌trails‌ ‌or‌ ‌places‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌out‌ ‌with‌ ‌just‌ ‌“your‌ ‌crew”‌ ‌and‌ ‌learn‌ ‌something.‌ ‌We‌ ‌live‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌era‌ ‌where‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌so‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ acquire‌ ‌information.‌ ‌Find‌ ‌info‌ ‌on‌ ‌your‌ ‌city,‌ ‌your‌ ‌speed‌ ‌of‌ ‌things,‌ ‌pack‌ ‌a‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌snack‌ ‌and‌ ‌

lunch,‌ ‌and‌ ‌go.‌ ‌

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Need‌ ‌some‌ ‌starting‌ ‌ideas:‌ ‌

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•Places‌ ‌

•Shark‌ ‌Valley‌ ‌

•Everglades‌ ‌National‌ ‌Park‌ ‌

•Bill‌ ‌Baggs‌ ‌State‌ ‌Park‌ ‌

•Oleta‌ ‌State‌ ‌Park‌ ‌

•Virginia‌ ‌Key‌ ‌

•Hammocks‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌

•Old‌ ‌Cutler‌ ‌walking‌ ‌/‌ ‌bike‌ ‌trail‌ ‌

•Snacks‌ ‌

•Fruit‌ ‌-‌ ‌apples,‌ ‌cuties,‌ ‌bananas,‌ ‌grapes,‌ ‌etc‌ ‌

•Veggies‌ ‌-‌ ‌little‌ ‌tomatoes,‌ ‌celery‌ ‌sticks,‌ ‌carrots‌ ‌

•Nuts‌ ‌-‌ ‌peanuts,‌ ‌cashews,‌ ‌almonds‌ ‌

•Lunch‌ ‌

•Pack‌ ‌a‌ ‌picnic‌ ‌

•Water‌ ‌

•Try‌ ‌to‌ ‌drink‌ ‌.67‌ ‌times‌ ‌your‌ ‌weight‌ ‌in‌ ‌water‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌ ‌

•Bring‌ ‌water‌ ‌bottles‌ ‌for‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌(reuse‌ ‌water‌ ‌bottles,‌ ‌not‌ ‌

the‌ ‌plastic‌ ‌ones)‌ ‌

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Start‌ ‌small‌ ‌and‌ ‌create‌ ‌the‌ ‌habit.‌ ‌One‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌greatest‌ ‌things‌ ‌about‌ ‌this‌ ‌journey‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌take‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌family‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌different‌ ‌things‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌learn‌ ‌about‌ ‌each‌ ‌other.‌ ‌Watching‌ ‌your‌ ‌children‌ ‌figure‌ ‌things‌ ‌out,‌ ‌make‌ ‌

decisions,‌ ‌and‌ ‌even‌ ‌get‌ ‌through‌ ‌some‌ ‌adversity,‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌joys‌ ‌of‌ ‌parenting.‌ ‌It‌ ‌also‌ ‌gives‌ ‌you‌ ‌a‌ ‌chance‌ ‌to‌ ‌reconnect‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌spouse,‌ ‌your‌ ‌partner‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌game‌ ‌of‌ ‌life‌ ‌and ‌also‌ ‌the ‌responsibility‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌care‌ ‌of‌ ‌children.‌ ‌Don’t‌ ‌take‌ ‌those‌ ‌moments‌ ‌lightly‌ ‌and‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌lack‌ ‌the‌ ‌appreciation‌ ‌for‌ ‌each‌ ‌moment‌ ‌spent‌ ‌together.‌ ‌Keep‌ ‌in‌ ‌mind,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌always‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌journey‌,‌ not‌ ‌the‌ ‌destination.‌ ‌The‌ ‌destination‌ ‌for‌ ‌humans‌ ‌is‌ ‌death,‌ ‌so‌ ‌

don’t‌ ‌rush‌ ‌it,‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌it‌ ‌immensely! ‌ ‌

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As‌ ‌we‌ ‌approach‌ ‌and‌ ‌move‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌season,‌ ‌keep‌ ‌in‌ ‌mind‌ ‌its‌ ‌not‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌bling‌ ‌and‌ ‌presents,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌about‌ ‌giving‌ ‌thanks‌ ‌for‌ ‌what‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌and‌ ‌honoring‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌came‌ ‌and‌ ‌taught‌ ‌us‌ ‌previously.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌thankful‌ ‌and‌ ‌grateful,‌ ‌your‌ ‌children‌ ‌will‌ ‌watch‌ ‌and‌ ‌will‌ ‌learn‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌behaviors.‌ ‌ ‌

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From‌ ‌our‌ ‌pool‌ ‌to‌ ‌yours‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌family‌ ‌to‌ ‌yours,‌ ‌See‌ ‌you‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌

next‌ ‌issue!‌ ‌

 

 

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