There is one sad story after another.
Some folks said after watching or reading about the dire situations ravaging our world, they actually have had to stand up and take a few deep breaths.
We encourage our readers to take the advice of a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1954 movie "White Christmas."
The first verse goes like this:
When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep
Counting my blessings
And we in the Tri-Cities do have so many blessings. Sometimes we forget about them and find it so easy to whine and complain about the little things.
One of our biggest area blessings is the Grand Haven boardwalk.
An early morning walk – or any time of the day actually – on it can really lift one’s spirits.
And by the way, the area’s sparkling gem is observing its 30th birthday this week.
We all have an opportunity to say “thank you” for the walkway along the river by attending its 30th birthday celebration. The party has been set for Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Army Corps of Engineers parking lot, 307 S. Harbor, with free food, drinks, kids’ activities and live music.
So the next time you are feeling down about things, instead of counting sheep (Middle East, Ebola, Ukraine, and the list goes on) try counting your blessings.
And for good measure, take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.
See you at the party!
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