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Practicing Thankfulness This November

They say November is the month of gratefulness, and how it could it not be, with a holiday like Thanksgiving smack dab in the middle of it? The truth is, it can be easy to take the wonderful things in our lives for granted. It’s more difficult to take a step back and feel thankful.

Gratefulness is not something which comes naturally; it needs practice. If you want to live an altruistic life and practice thankfulness this month, check out these easy steps you can take.

Keep a journal.
One simple way to practice thankfulness is to write down everything you’re thankful for in a gratitude journal. This allows you to physically see the beautiful things in life all together, and feel the magnitude of their impact.

Keeping a gratitude journal over time also shows everything coming in and out of your life, such as new people, different adventures or even small interactions day to day. Write for 10 minutes every morning or evening and see how your views on thankfulness shift this November.

Try meditating.
While writing in your gratitude journal, try meditating for a few moments. This helps you to practice thankfulness through meditation every day. It doesn’t matter whether your meditation time is long, short, spiritual or non-religious. Giving your mind quiet time every day will help focus your energy on things you’re thankful for.

Focus positively.
While meditating, focus your thoughts on positive things throughout your day, week or month. Interactions with others, moments of good luck or new discoveries are all positive influences on our lives which we often forget to be thankful for.

Even difficult times can call for gratitude. Hard day at the office? Use the chance to change your thinking into something positive: a job which puts food on the table and supports your family. When we focus our thoughts positively, we show more gratitude naturally.

Listen to others.
Sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves, we forget about everyone around us with lives all their own. You can practice thankfulness for the people in your life by truly taking the time to listen to them and hear their thoughts. Show your spouse, children, family or friends what they mean to you by asking how their lives are going, and then listening for an answer. You may just be surprised at what you hear.

Give back.
What better way to appreciate our own lives than to give back to others who are less fortunate than we are? Show thankfulness this month by giving back through volunteering, donating financially or pledging goods to people in need.

When we recognize the fortunes we have in our own lives, and then help others who may not have them, we practice thankfulness through giving.

This November, don’t wait until Thanksgiving to recognize the good things in life. Practice altruism through thankfulness, and recognize ways to be thankful for every day moments. Because when we practice thankfulness in our own lives, we unconsciously promote a more positive world with others.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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