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scenic rural sunset Paula Mohr
IN THE MOMENT: Sometimes resting in the moment, especially when it coincides with nature’s beauty, can lift a person’s spirits.

Count your blessings as holiday season approaches

Northstar Notes: Cherish the little things instead of dwelling on tough times.

Continually thinking and talking about the tough times in farming is wearing.

It’s hard not to do so, though, when that’s what is facing you and on your mind 24-7.

This is prompting one of my Mom’s many sayings to pop into my thoughts: Don’t dwell on it.

And another? Count your blessings.

With the holiday season approaching, the latter is appropriate. So, I decided to make a list of things for which I am thankful.

Here is a short random, spontaneous list:

Family and friends, cello and piano music, handbells, blue sky, heat, canine companions over the years, aromatic spring soil, late autumn flowers, the eagles and owls that visit our creek and woods, colorful sunrises and sunsets, hot chocolate, a hearty red wine, my (own! first!) truck.

Cell phone photo quality, the chive plant outside my backdoor, sound health, butter, ice cream, quilting and knitting and crocheting with friends, traveling, spending time with my siblings, visiting my home farm, crossing the Mackinac Bridge and heading south on I-75 (this always says “you’re home!” to me), baking cookies (any kind), making pies with homemade crust (fresh cherry for sure!).

A free press, free TV channels (yes, that’s all we need), paved bike trails, hiking in Minnesota state parks (I’m a member of the state park passport and hiking clubs), Epsom salt for soaking, heating pads, clean windows, comfy recliner, laughter, dark beer.

I am sure you can write a quick list, too. Why not grab a pencil and paper and go for it? The exercise may give you a bit of a lift.

Blessings to you this holiday season!

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