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Celebrate Fall Bounty with Thankfulness

September 8, 2009
Times Observer
BY I.F. EASTMAN, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, HEALTHY YOUTH OF WARREN COUNTY

Ripening apples, peppers, and pumpkins, the rustle of fallen leaves, the grass turning from green to yellow or brown, cooling temperatures—all these are the unmistakable signs of autumn in Warren County. Many cultures—ancient and modern—celebrate the bounty of late-summer and early-fall harvest with a festival of thanksgiving. So it’s an appropriate time for asset builders of all ages to think about the good things they have in their lives. Here are some ideas for ways to express gratitude and appreciation to the people who bring us those good things: Get together with young people you know to write letters or draw greeting cards to thank one of the asset builders in your lives (a teacher, a neighbor, a parent, a friend, a sibling, a bus driver). Spread some good cheer by making a point of thanking anyone who does a service for you, whether it’s a store clerk, a server at the school cafeteria, or an assistant at your daycare center. Attend an event at a local school (a concert, play, or sports event). After the event, say a few words of thanks and encouragement to the players or performers and the staff and volunteers involved. Call the parent of a young person you know and tell her or him something positive the young person has done. Praise your friends when they build your assets or the assets of young people in the community. We are blessed in so many ways! Pass a blessing onto others by trying one of these suggestions today!

I.F. Eastman coordinates Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth of Warren County on behalf of Family Services. Portions of this article were adapted from Get the Word Out: Communication Tools and Ideas for Asset Builders Everywhere with permission from the publisher.

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