Enough negativity! Let's give thanks

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Laura Maychruk, One View

I have been feeling a little down for the past while due to a few things going on in my life. My mother was diagnosed with extended stage lung cancer, my sister tested positive for the "cancer gene," Our "new," very old house is sucking the life (and cash) out of us, Henry is waking up four times a night, etc., etc. ...

But enough negativity! Inspired by a friend, this month I decided to look on the bright side of life and compile a list of all the things I and we should be thankful for, so here we go ...

 Our health

 The Shuttle

 That we live in a community that is liberal and accepting of all lifestyles

 That we live in a blue state

 That we live in the midwest (not an area regularly ravaged by hurricanes)

 That we can see the Chicago skyline from our burb

 That Barrie Park is clean and open

 Diverse architecture

 NLP

 Great schools

 That we live in a village that strongly supports the arts

 Delicious food

 Employment

 Babies

 Halloween fun

 Chocolate

 That people love the Buzz and continue to come

 Naps

 Friends

 Family

 Caffeine

 Organic farmers

 Regulars

 My car is still running

 Hot baths

 Midwives

 Moms

 Pets

 Beautitul fall colors

 Going out to dinner

 Yoga

 The smell of new babies

 Sautéing onions

 Ballet

 Having more time to spend with family

 Pie

 The "do not call" telemarketer list

 Oak Park Development Corporation

 Harrison Street Arts District

 Finding a great parking spot

 Having wonderful employees

 Ketchup

 Lounging on the couch

 A potty-trained 2-year-old

 Pate on French bread with whole grain mustard and cornichons

 Holiday cookies ...

Hopefully, this will give you enough inspiration to stay on the positive side of life. Remember that life is short, so you'd better be doing everything that makes you happy!

Reprinted from the latest Buzz Cafe newsletter.

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