OAK LAWN, IL – This November, Patch is celebrating “30 Days of Gratitude,” stories about living with gratitude – simply put, a deliberate choice to see goodness and joy in your life and to wish the same for your loved ones. neighbors.
To live with gratitude is to continually count one’s blessings while recognizing that the source of good in one’s life is other people.
Earlier this month, we asked Oak Lawn residents to say who or what they were grateful for. Here’s what your Oak Lawn neighbors had to say:
I am so lucky to have such a beautiful, loving and selfless mother in my adult life and always. You are the definition of irreplaceable, mom. So let me explain. His unconditional love and care means everything to me. There’s never a day that she’s not watching me. My heart will never thank her enough for giving me that extra push and making me the woman I am today. She would help anyone and give them everything it takes a single person to do this sort of thing. It comes naturally to her; she is a saint. This woman is never upset and has the biggest caring heart. She helps those she has never met and it’s so beautiful to see. Thanks to her, I have the vision to achieve my dreams and overcome the challenges that stand in my way. Thank you mom for making me so strong, you are my lifeline, my shoulder to cry on, my mentor, my best friend. You are always there for us and let us know that everything will be fine. I appreciate how you celebrated the best of times with me. I am always grateful and thankful to have you. I love you with everything I have, and more. I couldn’t imagine my life without you always in my corner. Thanks for being my mother. I won the lottery on this one!
~ Maurine C. Cody
I am a 911 dispatcher. I am grateful for my eyes; they allow me to read important information that agents need. I am grateful for my voice; he’s strong and confident even when I’m feeling anxious or uncertain, hoping I’m not sending the officers into a situation that would put them in danger. I am grateful for my hands; they allow me the speed to type fast and work quickly when agents need me most. I am grateful for my ears; they made it possible to hear the important information that the agents tell me, and even if sometimes I hear sad or scary things, my ears help me, so I can make the best decision. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a 911 dispatcher and work with agents who keep our community safe. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community in a meaningful and impactful way. I am grateful to have the opportunity to ensure the safety of an officer to bring him home safely to his family. But most of all, I’m grateful to have a job, because no matter how grueling the long hours can be and how thankless the work can be at times, I’m grateful to be able to wake up every day and work.
~ Michelle Cunningham
I would like to express my gratitude to 2 people – 1 my loving, kind and caring mother who has been with me through all the ups and downs, for holding me, crying with me, laughing with me and teaching me that not everyone will not be nice to the world but that i should do my best to be nice to everyone and always be grateful, my cousin Christine is the other one – i’m grateful to her for the times in my life when things happened , she has been a crying shoulder, we are not only cousins, but I consider her a good friend, who is ready to go more than a mile to help someone, someone who always has an open ear to hear, more than blessed to have them in my life.
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