Gero-Punk Provocation: Gimmie Gimmie Gratitude

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Gimmie Gimmie Gratitude

by guest Gero-Punk

Helen Fern


As Thanksgiving approaches I find myself observing a culture that seems oblivious to the concept of thankfulness.  We move from gimme gimme Halloween to gimme gimme Christmas with such smoothness and ease that the idea of stopping for a moment to ponder the wonderful things around us seems to elude so many people.  The comedian George Carlin centered an entire routine on Americans and their “stuff”.  But I wonder, could we change?  Could we start a new trend of gratefulness?

When George Washington announced that November 26 would be a national day of thanksgiving, I don’t think his intent was to declare a national day of gluttony.  Nor did Abraham Lincoln ever…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., CT

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontology Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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