MLAs Column Warren Michelson
The fall colours and chilly days remind us of the passing of Summer. Autumn is upon us and serves as a time to reflect on the seasons passed as well as the many blessings in our lives; family, neighbours, our city, province, and country. Thanksgiving is a time to consider the many opportunities and challenges in our lives and the lives of others while acknowledging and appreciating all that we have. This weekend I encourage you to reflect on the things for which you are thankful.
I am reminded of the G.K. Chesterton quote: “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
It is more than anecdotal that an attitude of gratitude makes one happier. In a Harvard Health Publishing report, positive psychology research shows that gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. It is no wonder our Christian scriptures remind us, “In everything, give thanks.”
Many of us are thankful for universal health care and the continuing improvements in health care facilities; the ability to provide needed supports for those facing challenging situations; and the fact that all children have the opportunity for a quality education. I am thankful for the tapestry of cultures that make up our province; for the hard-working people who drive our economy; and, at this time of year especially, those in the farming industry who produce food for a growing global population.
Warren Michelson, MLA