Silver lining. the Bright side. Blessing in disguise. Glass half full. Some difficult concepts to put into action this year with a pandemic causing health concerns, school schedule upheaval and financial pain for families. Most times, though, dwelling in our misery and misfortune only makes things worse. It doesn’t change the situation. Just like worrying. It’s wasted energy that could be targeted in the direction of something positive.
Thankfulness, being thankful for both adversity and good fortune, has the power to pluck us from our depths of despair. And when we combine our thankfulness with a desire to help others, we discover those blessings in disguise, the silver linings of a year or situation that at first seemed insurmountable.
This issue of Kansas Country Living is dedicated to thankfulness and focuses on our country’s veterans, for which I am thankful for their and their families’ sacrifices to ensure our freedoms. The feature beginning on Page 12 tells the compelling story of Matt Amos, retired U.S. Army Sergeant and Sedgwick Electric Cooperative consumer-member, whose life-changing experience led to his decision to volunteer and help other injured veterans discover their limitless ability through outdoor adventures with Wounded Warrior Outdoors. His story is a reminder that “this too shall pass” and that we will be stronger and more resilient at the end of our journey.
I count abundant blessings in my life including you, our readers, for whom we produce this magazine, bringing you important news about your local electric cooperative, money-saving ideas, and articles introducing you to extraordinary Kansans like Matt.
The Kansas Country Living staff wish each of you a Thanksgiving filled with love and peace within your heart.