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We are proud to announce that our New Blogger is From the Eastern Panhandle, Ms. Ginnie Maurer is a renowned author who writes a column for the Martinsburg Journal. CenterInc. Welcome her volunteer work with open arms to the Center Inc.


What did you think as you opened your eyes this morning? Did you worry about your future? Did you

wonder how you were going to feed your children, how you would pay your rent? Or were you grateful you had an eye to open to see the morning? Were you grateful that you could smell the rain that had fallen last night? Were you grateful that you could taste that first sip of coffee? 

Often we are fearful of the future because we have no idea what it will bring. Instead, if we find gratitude in what we already have—our five senses, our fortitude to overcome obstacles, our legs and arms that move fairly well, our heart that pumps our blood, and our bones that hold us upright, then we have everything we need to start the day. 

We can be grateful for the blessings coming our way each day. Following Native American traditions, we can pray to each of the four directions and to Father Sky and Mother Earth and thank them for the blessings coming our way today. If we find a penny on the pavement, we have been blessed. We are 1 cent richer and we got a little exercise.  

Blessings come in all sizes and shapes but we have to have our eyes and ears open to see and hear them. We need to keep our hearts open, as well. And we have to believe we are worthwhile enough to receive them. Then when we recognize all the blessings we have, we can say “thank you.” “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” (Meister Eckhart)

Author: Ginnie Maurer

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