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The Grove: Thank You


As a nation, we are more known for pointing out what is wrong than for expressing gratitude.  Famous quote at the end of an international conference:”You put us Germans in a very uncomfortable position – there was nothing to complain about!” 🙂

So to see the whole country stop just to say thank you and to celebrate is quite something!  Yet it is what happened earlier this month when Germany was marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  There was gratitude, there was joy, there was celebration.

As I was reflecting on the event, it struck me just how important it is even in the midst of challenges to stop and to remember all those reasons we have to be grateful.  There were and there still are a lot of challenges that came out of the events of 9 November 1989, and they do need to be talked about.  But this was not the time for that.  This was the time to remember the miracle and to be thankful.

The question is: will I remember this lesson in everyday life or will the challenges again crowd out the gratitude?

Velvet Ashes: The Grove



4 thoughts on “The Grove: Thank You

  1. So glad you linked up with us at Velvet Ashes! I love the quote from the conference. My family and my husband’s family have German roots, so now I know where our tendency to complain comes from! 🙂 I also think it’s a very American trait too.

    You’re absolutely right, we can’t let the challenges crowd out the gratitude. In a week full of challenges, I needed this reminder. Thank you!

  2. Love your photo! My husband is German – but grew up in Asia. He remembers that day well. It was nice to share about it with our older son this year and the significance of it all. Thanks for sharing…definitely something to be thankful for!

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