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Palm Coast Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021 6 months ago

Sunburn or sunlight? Finding something to be grateful for

If you are feeling lonely or overwhelmed, you might try what Kennedy did.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

I took my 6-year-old daughter, Kennedy, for a walk the other day, and the sun was hotter than she expected. She burns easily, so I sprayed her with sunscreen multiple times, but she still got stressed out as her arms started to turn pink. She felt powerless.

“This horrible sun!” she shouted.

I was about to commiserate with her and add my own complaints about the hot Florida sun, but then, as she often does, she magically changed her attitude — which also changed mine.

“But,” she said, “I guess the sun is also good because it gives us a day, so that we can go out and exercise.”

In other words, daylight is so wonderful that it’s worth the risk of sunburn.

Gratitude is power. Gratitude is peace.

If you are feeling lonely or overwhelmed, you might try what Kennedy did: Find something to be grateful for; it might be the same thing you are worried about, just seen a different way.

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Brian McMillan has been editor of the Palm Coast Observer since it began in 2010. He was named the Journalist of the Year for weekly newspapers in North America by the Local Media Association in 2012. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and five children. Email...

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