Gratitude is an inside job...
Now some of you will read this and roll your eyes because I can come off like I have an endless supply of gratitude and happiness. Trust when I say it was an inside job that brought me to the happy go lucky person you see today. Yes, I can be cranky, sad and a host of other negative emotions but there is an underlying current of life that brings me gratitude all the time.
Manning is a remarkable town that has accomplished so many wonderful things. The Trestle House is well underway to completion, Timmerman shelter house and park are frequently used, the Rec Center provides a safe haven for indoor sports year round. Plus it offers a heated swimming pool. Manning's seniors have comfort and care in the heart of the town at The Plaza. Cliff's, Deb's and Brick Haus keep us fed. And have done so for many years.
How is gratitude an inside job? Look around and see what we do have. Notice that so many other places have not pulled together to build an oasis of livability. Yes yes, the outside world always says more more more. Keep your eyes on what you have already made. It's yours and nobody can take that community strength away from you.