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Count Your Blessings

posted by Brian Kolb on Friday November 16th 3:47pm

A thankfulness inventory means counting and remembering all your blessings and being thankful for each new day, no matter the challenges.  Every day – particularly holidays like Thanksgiving where we spend quality time with family and friends – is a gift, so always make the most of it!




While the Finger Lakes were spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the storm has left thousands of families in New York City and Long Island homeless and struggling to pick up the pieces.  Before you carve the turkey and pass the mashed potatoes, remember these families and think of our fellow New Yorkers.  Please donate $10 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief fund by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.  Every donation makes a difference and helps victims of the hurricane.




            There is always SOMETHING to be thankful for, regardless of the obstacles you face.  I am thankful for my family, thankful to be an American, thankful for the courageous men and women of the armed forces who defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.  I also am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your voice in the State Assembly. 




            It’s easy to be thankful for, and take for granted, the good things.  True character is remaining thankful for everything – even life’s hardships.  The following is a poem about the importance of being thankful, especially during tough times, that I wanted to share.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Be thankful! (Author Unknown)


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?


Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.


Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.


Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.


Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.


Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.


Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.


It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.


Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.


What do you think?  I want to hear from YOU!  Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State.  You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, e-mail me at kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us, find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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Assemblyman Kolb represents the 131st Assembly District, which includes Ontario County and parts of Seneca County. Brian Kolb was first elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election held in February 2000 and has been overwhelmingly re-elected ever since.
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