Gratitude—365 Days Per Year

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While I think the idea of getting together with family and friends next week to celebrate Thanksgiving is a beautiful tradition, it has always struck me odd that there is only one holiday that focuses primarily on gratitude. Does this mean we should be miserable and complain about our lives the other 364 days? What if we flipped our level of appreciation on its head and were thankful 364 days instead of 1?

I feel blessed to have so many special people in my life. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, but material things aren’t critical to my happiness. It’s all about spending quality time with family and friends.

Does anyone else think there’s a weird symbolism that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday? In one day, we go from being thankful for our blessings to racing other people to the stores so that we can acquire more stuff before someone else gets the deal. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with people trying to get a good buy, it’s sad that all the goodwill from the day before gets tossed aside so easily.

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I’m grateful for the fantastic people I worked with during my career. We fed off the positive energy of each other. I’ve seen the reverse thing happen too. I worked with a couple of “Negative Nancy” types who never seemed happy unless they could complain about something. Those attitudes can infiltrate a staff and bring others around them down to their level. What are some of the best ways we can show our gratitude? I’ve come to realize it’s through our own actions in the simplest of ways. I saw this video a few years back that teaches us the concept better than any words I write can do.

Former President John F. Kennedy is famous for uttering the words, “Ask not what can your country do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” What if everyone adopted such an attitude, but on a smaller scale? What if the idea was, “What can I do for my community or someone in my community? Imagine the difference such a philosophy might make.

I pride myself on being a positive person. To me, that is the only way to go through life. We can all get in a funk from time to time, but when I don’t feel my usual upbeat self, I look for ways to change my mood. First, I try to get outside and take part in some exercise. That could be anything from shooting a few hoops to riding my bike or taking a walk. Even something like working in the yard feels like a win-win when I work up a sweat and beautify my surroundings. If limited by weather or health constraints, we can find indoor exercises that match what we can do. Some of my favorites are swimming, going to the gym, and playing racquetball or pickleball.

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Another winning strategy that improves my mood is to look for ways to help the community. Surrounding myself with other like-minded individuals enhances those feelings. When the pandemic began, I started walking more than at any time in my life. It helped both my physical and mental health. I have my regular routes and places I like to walk. Some of the regular followers of my blog may remember me writing about one such gentleman named Jack Storm. I didn’t know him at the time, but I kept seeing this older gentleman who appeared to be about 80-years-old moseying along unsteadily with one of those hand-held contraptions picking up trash. He had an outgoing personality and gave an enthusiastic hello to anyone passing by. I’m a naturally curious person, and I decided to introduce myself.

I got much more than I expected. It turned out that Jack was operating under the same philosophy of trying to do something positive for his community while exercising. His doctor had recommended that he be more active, and Jack was following orders while doing something productive. We talked for a few minutes, and I discovered we shared something else in common. His wife was my high school English teacher. It was one of those wondrous life moments where I wondered, were we meant to cross paths?

Photo of Jack Storm Cleaning up Trash in Eureka, CA

As a former teacher, I’ve always been a supporter of literacy. I belong to the Humboldt Children’s Author Festival Committee. It’s a remarkable group that flies in 25 nationally known children’s authors biennially to talk to kids about their books and the life of an author. Through grants and fundraising, we not only fly the authors in, but we put them up at a fancy hotel while they’re here. I’ll admit I felt a little self-conscious (at first), being the only male on the approximately 25 team committee, but I got over that a long time ago. As I like to say, there are worse things in life than getting together with several great ladies who are equally committed to literacy.

Part of the Humboldt County Children’s Festival Committee in Eureka, CA

I’ve always been a believer in the “Pay it Forward” concept. Not only do our actions help someone else, but they often impact others to do the same. When we hold a door open for someone, wave the waiting car to go in front of us, compliment someone genuinely, or greet others with a smile, we are spreading kindness. It is the simplest of gestures that often carry the most impact.

If you’re like me, even commercials can motivate us to want to be a better person. This is one of my favorites from a few years back. One wouldn’t know that it’s a commercial about life insurance from watching it, but it certainly hits the mark in creating feelings of empathy.

Depending on Covid and the situation in your community, you may or may not be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. If the last two-plus years have taught us anything, we should not take gatherings like this for granted. I’m going to remind myself to feel gratitude even if we overeat, drink too much (please call a cab), or have to listen to some relative’s political ramblings. Remember the many families that wish they had this opportunity but have lost a loved one.

120 thoughts on “Gratitude—365 Days Per Year

  1. What an excellent post Pete. I couldn’t see the first video, it is not available in my country, but the second one, made me teary. I post the Positivity Wave on Fridays and concentrate on what was good that week. Keeps me focused on the good things.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 5:21 pm

      That’s the risk of posting these videos. It was about an 80-year-old widow who three young men saw sitting alone in a restaurant and went over and asked if she wanted some company. They formed a friendship and still get together now—a real feel-good story.

      I like the sound of Positivity Ways since there is such an emphasis on negative news. I’m guessing your profile picture is with one of your grandchildren. How delightful!

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      1. That sounds like a wonderful video. Yes, it is my youngest grandchild, who I love spending time with. I will have to see if I can google the video. Thanks Pete.

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      2. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 6:55 pm

        Here’s another link to the same video through Facebook. I hope this one works for you. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=277944783147334

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      3. Thanks Pete, it worked, what a wonderful group of young men.

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  2. What a beautiful post Pete! I try to be an optimistic person too, for it just makes life so much better! 🙂
    Totally agree at how Black Friday seems so total opposite Thanksgiving. Have I got good deals on Black Friday, yes, but yes there is irony when you think of it. I can also say that i have never been one to run over people or butt in lines for deals or camp out to be first in line… etc. That is just too crazy for me!
    That insurance commercial is so touching! I may have to borrow it for a blog post if you don’t mind.
    And great job in helping to promote literacy!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 5:26 pm

      Borrow away. I know I’ve seen it on a couple of other blogs before. Anything that spreads some positivity is great in my book. I’m not much of a shopper anyway, but you couldn’t pay me enough to go to Black Friday. My wife has a better sense of fashion, and we’d go school shopping once a year. I was good for about an hour, and that was usually it for a year.🤣

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      1. Thanks!
        LOL about the shopping! 😄

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  3. Super post, Pete. I have been really surprised how readers have responded to my Good News Friyay post. It is heartwarming to read some of the comments. Thanks for sharing this post and the stories in it.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 5:48 pm

      I enjoy that regular posting on your blog, John. People complain about all the negativity that the media often runs, but I imagine there wouldn’t be such an emphasis if people weren’t lapping it up.

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      1. I have mixed feelings about watching the negatively in the news. Most of me just doesn’t want to see it, but a little part of me thinks it would be socially irresponisble of me not to stay informed.

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    2. Every one of your Good News Friyay posts has made me feel good about facing the day ahead.

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      1. Thank you, Liz. You are so kind to share that information. Makes my day. 😊

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      2. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

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  4. I so agree with you, Pete and j believe in living a life if gratitude and helping others even in a small way. Wonderful post

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 5:50 pm

      Your positive attitude always shines through, Beth. Your students are lucky to have you as a teacher.

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  5. Blessed and grateful… Thanks for this wonderful post, Pete! 🧡 Wishing you and yours blesssing and love 365 days a year!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 5:52 pm

      Right back at you, Bette! Surround ourselves with positivity.

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  6. Excellent post, Pete! We should be thankful more than once a day, every day of the year!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 6:21 pm

      I hope your Thanksgiving goes well, and you get good news about your shoulder, Miriam.

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      1. Thank you, Pete. I also went to see a spine doctor about my lower back. It probably is arthritis!

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      2. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:12 pm

        I’ve got that in my knee and in my back. Oh well, it can’t keep me down too much.

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  7. Great post, Pete! I love your positive attitude and how you always find a kind and thoughtful angle that inspires me to be a better person! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 6:47 pm

      I’ve had a lot of great role models to learn from. Just trying to do my part to pass it on. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Tony! Thanksgiving on the road this year?

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      1. Thanks! We’ll spend it and Christmas with our daughter in Denver this year. We haven’t seen her for three years…

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      2. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:39 pm

        I’m happy for you. The last two times we’ve flown through Denver, we’ve been delayed by thunderstorms. It sounds like you are driving, so at least you won’t have to navigate that massive airport.

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  8. wonderful post, Pete. I can always count on your posts to boost my spirits. I remember your story about Jack; seems like it was meant to be. I’m a big fan of commercials, and I loved the one set in Thailand. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 6:51 pm

      I’ve seen that commercial a few times. Maybe once on one of your posts. These advertising executives lick their chops when they see guys like you and me. I’m the one weeping during dog food commercials. I’m not sure this makes me more likely to buy life insurance, but maybe there’s something to it because I was curious about the company that made them.

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      1. I’ll have to go back and check, but I don’t remember that commercial. But yes, there are some commercials that get to me, and I always find that impressive to do so in such a short time period.

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  9. I am up for the 364 days of thankfulness and appreciation but that one remaining day of misery and complaining is going to be brutal!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:01 pm

      Let it all out that day!🤣 Thanks for stopping by, Geoff.

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  10. Thanksgiving followed by Black Friday (at least in the states) always seemed like an example of how people live only in the moment. Although they are sincere and thankful one day, it never seems to carry over to the next. I do find that kind of sad, but it is human nature.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:03 pm

      It really is a sad commentary on human nature. Our intentions may be good at the moment, but by the next day, many people are thinking about their own needs.

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      1. The irony of it is that buying all that “stuff” will never give people what they actually need.

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      2. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:34 pm

        More isn’t always better.

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      3. Sometimes more is worse!

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  11. I too am up for 364 days of positivity and kindness this is a lovely post, Pete you always leave me feeling happier when I read posts…I have seen the Eleanor video before it is heartwarming…A beautiful post, Pete 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:06 pm

      What a nice thing to say, Carol. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished what I set out to do with this post. I’ll bet they don’t have anything like Black Friday in Thailand. American culture is hard to explain to other people because some can be so self-centered.

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      1. No they don’t and for that I am thankful…I think ..lol..not sure what sure what Black Friday is …x

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      2. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 11:45 pm

        Black Friday is the ultimate attempt to commercialize Christmas. It is the busiest shopping day in America. Retailers are known for having big sales, and people have been known to camp out all night so that they can be first in line when the store opens. Stores often open at midnight or before dawn to herds of people.

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      3. That would be my worst nightmare I’m and in and out of the shops if I have to go…x

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  12. I meant to say your posts 🙂 x

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  13. Hi Pete, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in SA, but we have Mandela Day which is generally celebrated with people doing 60 minutes of community service and giving to others less fortunate. In SA we have evolved into a society that is very conscious of the misfortunates of other people and everyone in my world does community service. I am a member of my work departments CSI team and we are planning our Christmas outreach now. We are hosting a party for 150 children at a creche and providing gifts, food, blazers for the new prefects, and various other things. I am also baking two beer box cakes for charity and Michael and I are making 150 Christmas crackers filled with goodies for an old age home.

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    1. PS about Black Friday, a very bad idea. It brings out the worst in people and encourages consumerism. Consumerism is destroying our planet. Just my thoughts.

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      1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:57 pm

        You won’t get any argument from me about that. It’s disgusting when the celebrities that the kids worship here are all about another fancy car or their new vacation home. It’s terrible because it reinforces in young people that the goal should be to get as many material things as possible and only worry about oneself.

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      2. I agree with you, Pete. And, as can be clearly seen from all the tragedies and divorces that befall those celebrities, material possessions do not bring happiness.

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    2. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 9:53 pm

      Mandela Day is a great idea! One of the good things about high school here is that the kids put in so many hours toward some community service project. Anything that teaches young people that the world doesn’t revolve around them is a good program. Certainly, it’s great for your kids to see you modeling giving behavior and good for Michael to get involved too.

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      1. Hi Pete, my kids have grown up with community service and giving to others. I ran the Sunday School at our local church for 8 years when they were small and the children worked on many projects for helping others.

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      2. petespringerauthor November 20, 2021 — 12:58 pm

        One of the best things we can do for kids is to give them opportunities to take part in community service. Some years I was the Student Council advisor for our school, and I tried to find projects that the kids could do to help the school or community.

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    3. I love the idea of Mandela Day. There is no better way to express gratitude for what we have than to do something for those in need.

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      1. It is a lovely idea and a well supported day.

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  14. Thanks for a wonderful post, Pete, and Happy Thanksgiving! With so much violence and bickering in the news, it was refreshing to read about some amazing people, including yourself, who do good in this world. I took special notice of Jack Storm, whose wife I too had for English in high school. I’ve always admired those who pick up trash along our roads and trails. I knew another Jack, my dad, who regularly picked up trash while walking to and from work. Now my wife and I can “pay it forward,” as we’re adopting a trail mile near our house where we’ll pick up trash.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 10:52 pm

      Did you know Jack taught at Arcata High too? It was hilarious when I was talking to him and asked if he knew Barbara Storm. He practically shouted, “Know her? I’m married to her.” After that, I kept my eye out for Jack. When I saw him again, I gave him a letter that I wrote to his wife and a copy of my book. I wanted her to know I became a teacher.

      I figured she might appreciate knowing as one of my favorite parts of teaching was learning what happened to former students. A couple of months later, she wrote back saying she remembered me and had enjoyed my book. It was one of those complete the circle kind of moments.

      I always found your dad’s mannerisms quite engaging as his student. He clearly enjoyed what he was doing. His eyes lit up when he was teaching, and he had the best laugh. Drinking a cocktail with him after one of his classes at Toby’s and Jack’s is a memory that stayed with me a long time.

      Keep paying it forward!

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  15. And they’re creeping into Thanksgiving and calling it Grey Thursday. Worse still, this year has stores advertising that they have ‘Early Black Friday’ sales! You can buy buy buy for Christmas now now now. I get sick of the commercialism every year.

    And now, I will forget all that and focus on your beautiful post. 🙂 Make the world a better place!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 18, 2021 — 10:58 pm

      Yeah, we humans can mess anything up if it involves making money. It’s unfortunate because people do lose their perspective and sometimes get their priorities mixed up.

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  16. Wonderfully written post, Pete. To me, everyday is every holiday and appreciated as such!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:11 pm

      It’s all in one’s attitude. I like yours, Brad.

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  17. We inadvertently seem to have imported Black Friday here without the Thanksgiving! I avoid it but Ikea are doing a Bring Back Friday – sell your unwanted Used Ikea fur back to them to be upcycled.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:14 pm

      On the surface, it’s all pretty harmless, but I think it’s the whole attitude that material things somehow make us better that I find offensive.

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  18. Thank you for this heartwarming and uplifting post, Pete, as well as the conversation it prompted.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:17 pm

      I think there can’t be enough of these stories about people showing kindness to each other as they remind us that for all of the other negative stuff, most people are kind and decent.

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      1. I would love to see the world flooded with kindness.

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  19. A beautiful post Pete! I’ve also thought the often greedy images of black Friday are pretty disturbing coming after the day of gratitude. I make a point of going no where near a big store that weekend, and we’re lucky enough to have craft and artists open studios that weekend each year. We shop at local stores and it’s a wonderful experience. Lovely music, often special nights with local musicians, pleasant shop owners, unique items, and they gift wrap for free and give you snacks! I am truly grateful for all of this!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:20 pm

      Many local businesses near us have gone under during Covid. It’s worth it to me to pay a little extra if it helps our local businesses stay afloat.

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      1. Absolutely! It has been tough for so many.

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  20. A great, thoughtful, uplifting post, for which I give thanks!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:21 pm

      Thank you, Noelle. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  21. I love your blog post, Peter!
    When you mentioned being thankful only one day out of the year, it made me think of how we, the Springer family, celebrated a Thanksgiving meal during some of our summer family reunions. We didn’t need it to be the 4th Thursday in November to be thankful for each other.
    Happy Thanksgiving to the California Springers! 💖🦃🥧🥂💖
    Ann

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:25 pm

      Right back at you, Ann. Debbie and I are incredibly grateful for the gift of family. We’re sure glad you’re a part of it!

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  22. A lovely post, Pete. Imagine is a song that carries such truth and the other videos were testament to your point, too – the Thai one was amazing. We don’t do Thanksgiving here, but sometimes I wish we did. Not so much for the gluttony, more as a reminder that in an uncaring world there are good things and good people we should be grateful for.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:30 pm

      It is one of the nicer holidays that we haven’t totally managed to mess up. I remember you picked Imagine for one of your recent posts. Perhaps that’s why it was fresh in my mind. Lennon’s words, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” have significant meaning to me. In some ways, I feel like that.

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      1. I hope it goes well for you and your family, and that you don’t find yourself fighting in the shops on Friday!

        I remember playing Imagine and I’ve just looked it up – it was in January, so your memory must be good. Those words carry meaning for lots of people, and I know what you mean.

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  23. Such a thoughtful post, Pete. We all have SO much to be grateful for every day. I wish you and your family a wonder filled holiday!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 1:31 pm

      You as well, Jan. Speaking of things to be grateful for, congratulations on your new book. I wish you the best with this one.

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  24. That’s so neat you could complete the circle with Barbara Storm. Yeah, my dad loved teaching. But his fashion sense in the classroom dwindled over the years; for a while he was wearing a sweat suit.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 3:25 pm

      The good thing about teaching at the university level is the instructors can dress however they want.

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  25. Small world to run into the husband of your teacher that way. I love how fate can wrap such gentle arms around us and bring joy to the day.
    Beautiful post, Pete ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 3:23 pm

      It was pretty wild but reinforced the idea that we should put ourselves out there a little bit because we never know what those contacts could lead to. I wrote my English teacher a letter and sent her a copy of my book. I heard back from her a few weeks later, and she said that she remembered me. I graduated back in 1977, so that was a few trips around the sun. 😊

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      1. I’m going to guess she remembers you because of your standup personality- a nice compliment!
        My daughter’s kindergarten teacher keeps in regular contact with me on FB. She’s never forgotten us and that was thirty years ago 🙂

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      2. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 6:36 pm

        I resisted Facebook for many years, but I found out it was a great way to reconnect with old students and hear about the next chapters in their lives.

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  26. Ha I never thought about the irony of black Friday right after Thanksgiving. I actually only compared it to our “black Friday” which is boxing day but ours falls on the day right after Christmas which never made sense to me… You spent money buying gifts for ppl only to see it half off + the following day!

    But anyway, that wasn’t your point lol your point was focus on the positive and focus on giving back to your community anyway you can! Totally agreed!

    I always thought if volunteer hours could be tax deductible as income somehow, more people would volunteer… Wouldn’t that be a great idea??

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    1. petespringerauthor November 19, 2021 — 6:44 pm

      We need more people like you in government, Jen, to come up with sensible solutions. That is a great idea! Black Friday feeds the shopping gene, which I don’t have in the first place. Lots of people look at it is as something exciting. I don’t even like shopping when the store is half-empty.

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  27. Definately food for thought!

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    1. petespringerauthor November 20, 2021 — 1:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Laura. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  28. A wonderful post Pete and lovely that your crossed paths with Jack..serendipity…you are so right about the irony of Black Friday… I feel the same about it too… Particularly with certain events behind the scenes I have had reason to be very grateful about much. In many respects it is the small gestures offered that mean the most and it is something that the writing community is great about. Will share in the Blogger Daily on Thanksgiving Day…xxx

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    1. petespringerauthor November 21, 2021 — 8:57 am

      If some other species were studying humans, they’d probably think, “What the hell is wrong with these weirdos? And they believe they’re an advanced society?🤣🤣🤣

      I love your point about “events behind the scenes,” as it is a reminder not to be so judgmental of others when we may have no idea of things they’re going through in their lives.

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  29. A beautiful post Pete. You are the epitome of Thanksgiving. I love your enthusiasm, and that you’re the only male in the club. I hope that inspires others to join. I also remember your wonderful post about meeting Jack Storm. Thanks for these great reminders in this inspirational post. ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor November 21, 2021 — 9:03 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Debby. Humans need to take inspiration from one another instead of beating each other up (verbally). Speaking of inspiration, I enjoy your “We are the World” blog posts each month. (I don’t think that’s the right name of your group, but you know which one I’m referring to.)😎

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      1. Thanks Pete! #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest runs the last Friday of each month – with the month off in December. Feel free to join in with us, even if you don’t post every month. I’ll be sharing this month’s find on Friday. I always share the FB link to add a shared story to if you feel like jumping in. 🙂

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  30. Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday, Pete. I love that it’s about gratitude and the immeasurable treasures of family and friends, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and all the little gifts of life. It does seem odd that it’s only one day a year, but I guess we can’t eat turkey every day! And I’m also disappointed that Black Friday comes the next day. It’s the ugliest day of the year by far. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful things you do, your appreciation for the everyday heroes in your life, and the gifts of kindness that take place all over the world. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 21, 2021 — 2:23 pm

      If I were in charge (I have no interest in politics), I’d like to see some kind of initiative once a month where people donated an hour of community service to do something positive. I think as much as anything, it’s a change in mindset from what’s in it for me to what can I do to help?

      Happy Thanksgiving, Diana!

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      1. In our town, all of our high school seniors have to complete 20 hours of volunteer work. I love your expansion of that idea.

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      2. petespringerauthor November 21, 2021 — 4:57 pm

        We have something similar. One of the things I like about high school programs is the students can choose their own community service project. I like giving them more ownership and choice.

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      3. Same here. Maybe its common!! That wasn’t part of my curriculum when I was in school, I’m glad kids are getting a taste of it,

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  31. Another heartfelt, inspiring, and timely post, Pete. Especially in these times. Kindness goes a long way. I think most of us don’t think twice about helping the elderly or doing someone in need a favor. I feel it’s in our nature. But then, I encounter situations where nobody is helpful or friendly. So, maybe it’s not in our nature? I do admit that when I, in a bad mood or it’s “one of those days” (where nothing goes as planned), I’m not as nice as I could or should be.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Mark, Maya, and I will be somewhere in the Arizona desert, isolated and with nature as our only company.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 21, 2021 — 2:50 pm

      It is one of the curiosities of human nature. I think, more often than not, that most people are kind and decent. Yet, there are always going to be those who never think of anyone but themselves. Since we can only control our own behavior, we can only worry about that.

      We’re usually at home for Thanksgiving, but your comment reminded me that we were in Hawaii one Thanksgiving. I got sick, and my wife and son went to a luau. Spending time communing with nature sounds pretty good to me.

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  32. Such a wonderful gratitude post, Pete, that brought some tears to my eyes. Happy Thanksgiving. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor November 22, 2021 — 8:17 am

      I know commercials play on our emotions but wasn’t that a great one? I feel blessed to live on this imperfect planet for another day.

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  33. Your heart is so full Pete and you put it all right here in your post. It is very inspirational. I am a positive person too and I also LOVE any Literacy program. It’s not a program, but when I send a gift for a baby announcement, I always send 3-4 books. Books were everything to me as a child, and I enjoy planting (or cementing) the seed the parents will nurture. That is crazy about meeting Jack! What are the chances? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Pete. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor November 22, 2021 — 8:26 am

      While I’m always a big fan of people who use their celebrity status to do something positive for the world, it is ordinary citizens like Jack who I find the most motivation from.

      Giving the gift of books is planting the seed—how perfect! I still remember the first book someone gave to us after our son was born—Spot’s First Christmas. The giver was the mother of one of my students. I taught with my former student for the last four years of my career to complete the loop. How cool is that?

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      1. That is definitely an amazing story! Wow. Very cool. Oh, and Spot’s First Christmas. My heart is melting. 🙂 We read many Spot books.

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  34. You said it beautifully, Pete. Those other 364 days can be a joy for others and a feel good for us IF we give. And giving can be something as simple as a smile. I had forgotten the commercial. Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 22, 2021 — 8:32 am

      I used to lie in bed the night before the first day of a new school year, excited about the possibilities. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a fan of your blog, Jennie. You embrace those opportunities and encourage children to do the same.

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      1. Thank you, Pete. You do the same which is why I’m one of your biggest fans. 🙂

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  35. Pete, a treat of a post celebrating gratitude – and yes, every day! It was lovely to learn about your personal experiences as well as to watch the videos. These were all so moving and uplifting; given me a boost today. More gratitude flowing your way.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 25, 2021 — 8:25 am

      I think it’s all in our mindset, Annika. As bad as things can get for all of us on some days, there is always someone who has it worse. I’ve got so many blessings in my life that I refuse to dwell on the negatives. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  36. Thank you for another wonderful posting, Pete! Makes my day. Have a beautiful Friday. xx Michael

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    1. petespringerauthor November 25, 2021 — 6:28 pm

      Thanks for all of your support, Michael! Enjoy your weekend!

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      1. Thank you as well for always wonderful thoughts and stories, Pete! Have also a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  37. I think Christmas should also be a holiday for expressing gratitude and thankfulness. Instead it has been commercialize.

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    1. petespringerauthor November 28, 2021 — 4:52 pm

      Seems like our culture can take anything and try to monopolize from it. There should be a few things that remain sacred, but I guess that’s expecting too much.

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  38. I’m taking a break from my blog hiatus to say I’m thankful for people like you who exude positivity and gratitude. I have a stack of gratitude books (maybe 7-8). For years I’ve jotted down daily just a few things I’m thankful for along with some details about everyday life, so they’ve become almost a diary.

    One thing I know for sure: The more I count my blessings, the more blessings I have to count.
    I know you spent a lot of time creating this post. Always appreciated, Pete! 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor December 2, 2021 — 7:56 pm

      I appreciate the compliment, Marian. I try to surround myself with the same type of people. If everyone was a little more selfless and a little less selfish, the world would be a happier place. Thanks for being part of our positive blogging community.

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  39. tx for the powerful reminder that we can all make the world a bit better 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor December 3, 2021 — 2:18 pm

      I’ve got so many inspirational people in my life. I’m just trying to pay it forward. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, da-AL.

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