News & Updates
November 2020 | Issue 11
A Few Words from Our MASWA President
As we begin to place the finishing touches on a year, we begin to turn our attention to year-end festivities. Granted, they will be a little different this year however something never changes; our thoughts of giving thanks for what we have. The changing of the seasons coupled with the flipping pages of the calendar are all reminders of how time may pass but certain things remain true and relevant. It is in times like these that we need to draw our attention to what sustains us. We need to draw our attention to what makes us, us! We need to draw our attention to how we can still be very grateful for what we have and recognize that some others may not be as fortunate. It is also a time and an opportunity to see more clearly in 2020 and to find opportunities to give. Giving stems from knowing and feeling.

Many of you know I like to find stories to tell to help illustrate a message. Let's look at the wonder of gratefulness and thankfulness during this season of Thanks + Giving. This short story, again by an unknown author, reminds us of how thinking differently may bring its own treasures.

"A group of American school children were asked to list what they thought were the current "Seven Wonders of the World". Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt's Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Panama Canal 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter's Basilica 7. Great Wall of China. While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not yet completed her list. The teacher asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there are so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help." The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are: 1. To See 2. To Hear 3. To Touch 4. To Taste 5. To Feel 6. To Laugh 7. To Love." The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous. This is a gentle reminder, that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man."

Remember those who’ve served and be thankful for what we have and can share. Happy Thanksgiving!

Georgene Connelly
MASWA President