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Jenn A. Nocera: Feeling Gratitude in the Aftermath of Sandy

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A few weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed the northeast and left a huge swath of devastation. Portions of the Jersey Shore are in ruins, there are billions of dollars in property damage, and lives have been disrupted. Let’s not even mention the power outages. So what is there to be grateful for? In the aftermath of Sandy, there was an outpouring of kindness and compassion. Those who had power rigged up charging stations; friends, neighbors, and strangers came together. Clothing drives were formed, hot meals were served, utility workers and EMS teams came to NJ from far and wide to help us get through the chaos and complexities of restoring order to our shattered reality. Gratitude is a basic human emotion that is about our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation. Have you thanked those that blessed you with their selfless efforts and worked non-stop through the storm? Saying "thank you" is a way of recognizing or honoring each other and makes a powerful connection between the giver and receiver. “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” said Meister Eckhart,  a German theologian, philosopher who died in 1327. Can more appropriate words be found – even in light of the disaster that came into our lives? Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera of Formula for Excellence and I will talk about why we feel gratitude (we’re alive, we’re here with you) and how to make gratitude part of your life. Thanksgiving is almost here, and we need to shift our focus to the blessings we have in our lives. Are you safe now? If your answer is “yes,” then Thanksgiving has come early for you. After the show, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.

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