Part of the busyness came about because I had the privelge to receive an assignment to make 100 mugs as a corporate gift - which was a pleasure and an adventure.Another aspect of pottery I am grateful for is that one of our olive oil dispensers got featured in the December issue of the Connecticut Magazine.While being busy has its pitfalls, a time of rest and reflection - is refreshing. Reflection led me to gratitude – and I was reminded of an article I read recently – citing a University of Berkley study – showing how gratitude alters the brain chemistry – leading to happiness. Until we are grateful for the things and people we have in our lives, we will never be satisfied with the things we try endlessly to acquire.Being thankful means we remember we have been given good things. It does not mean that life is perfect as we all still have our burdens and struggles. We recognize that it is not just a result of our efforts. The question is to whom we should be thankful and this leads me personally to Thank God.
As we look at our year in review - as Facebook prompts - let our hearts be filled with gratitude for all God has done for us - including sending his Son, Jesus.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 -There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens