Feel Gratitude!

Shannon Knight, Publisher

At the one-year anniversary of the passing of local-boy-made-it-big, the legendary Tom Petty, I was reminded of an interview with him where he recalled the time an arsonist set his home on fire while he was in it. The only material possessions remaining after the fire were the clothes on his back, yet the horrific experience had a positive influence on his life.


“I'm sure it had a great effect on the music I did, because I came back with this very positive, happy kind of music, that I didn't want to go into any dark corner or anything like that,” he said. “I was just so glad to be alive and to have escaped something like that.”


As headlines are flooded with reports of hurricanes, floods, fires, shootings and the untimely passing of familiar faces, this positive story shines a bright light on the power of perspective. What if we all lived with such unattachment to material things and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead?


If we can all use this as a reminder to feel gratitude for all that we have—especially those things that can’t be bought or burned down. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a compliment from a stranger or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that can make us feel the richest.


Be well in love and peace,


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