Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hello everyone! With the end of the Summer Market season and the advent of the Craft Show/Holiday season, Terry and I have been pretty busy balancing production, managing products, demos and direct sales, with my two surgeries, rest and rehab. As challenging as this has been, we have seen it through without too much strain or pressure. In the meantime, a number of wonderful occurrences have taken place, which have caused us to be very thankful for what we have. We recognize that especially with the wrong mindset, it is very easy to lose what you have; even through no fault of your own. This holds true not just for material belongings, but for relationships, family and our own health and well-being.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the living of life, that we forget to appreciate
what we already have. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with desiring, buying and having nice things, when the pursuit of material gain becomes the be all and end all of living, this behavior results in being unappreciative and even ungrateful for what we have already been given. Unfortunately the way our world has been heading nowadays, we have many (and even daily) examples of lives lived in an unthankful manner which leads to dissatisfaction, selfishness and ultimately needless suffering.
Living a life of thankfulness is not hard. It just requires a change in mindset. It is appreciating the things that we DO have, rather than focusing on all the things we DON'T have. Being thankful on a daily basis makes life happier and more fulfilling.
With Thanksgiving Day almost here, I'm offering you a friendly challenge. Take a few minutes before your family gathering, holiday meal or football game, and think about all of the things you have to be thankful for. You will be surprised at just how "rich" you are.
OK. End of soapbox here.
Last Saturday morning, Terry and I had the privilege to be on AM 950's Wake Up Call show, talking to Laurie Beth Fitz (our host) about Winter Goddess Foods, our business philosophy, and about our newest good fortune; namely the addition of our newest wholesale partner Lakewinds Food Co-op, and the expansion to a second store for Oxendale's Market, another of our wholesale partners. It was a lot of fun talking about our labor of love, and having the chance to discuss subjects that we are passionate about. If you are interested in hearing the show in it's entirety, please click the link below and check us out!
Until next time, Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!