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An attitude of gratitude

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TOMORROW, houses will be filled with divine smells coming from kitchens all over the island as living rooms are crowded with family members, and minds (and stomachs) are filled with memories and times to be grateful for – it’s Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday, because it is all about celebrating together with family and friends, and partaking in my favorite pastime – eating delicious food!

Food is one of the biggest elements of our culture. As you know, my figure shows that I really enjoy food, and could use some discipline in this area. Nonetheless, it is during the preparation of the food where we fellowship together, not only to pull off our logistical genius, but to discuss (and debate) current events which brings us back to the core of our culture – getting together as a family.

Guam has changed so much over the years; we have become more of a work-centric community, making it easy to overlook our shortcomings to our family duties. I’ll be the first to admit that I have not been as attentive to my family as I should be. Although the New Year is a bit of a ways away, I am going to resolve to be more family-centric by setting aside more quality time for my family. I would not be the person I am today if not for them.

This time of year is most appropriate to expound on my faith and belief system because the biggest thing I am grateful for is salvation. In this life, I have learned that though I may be tested or challenged, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). As long as I put my faith in God my Savior, and let Him guide me, though I may be tested or challenged, I am ultimately being strengthened, polished, and prepped for more of what the good Lord has planned for my life.

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and I pray that the same applies to you and your families! It is with an attitude of gratitude I will endeavor to live my life.

So, this holiday season, regardless of the hustle and bustle, try and remember the reason for the season: life everlasting through salvation and the love and blessing of our families.

Happy Thanksgiving todus hamyu!

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