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In times of turmoil, small comforts keep me going

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By Cindy Beamon
Albemarle Life Editor

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Small things can lighten my heart when troubles in the world weigh me down.

Bad news can be overwhelming -- fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, senseless shootings, political fighting, prisoner uprisings, and endless threats of war. The overload leaves me numb, feeling nothing, which disturbs me even more. How can I not care about so much suffering?

When I become numb to all that surrounds me, I find that the small things are what touch me most.

So I'm thankful for:

-- ducks that return to our canal each fall. Just watching them preen their feathers makes me happy

-- our young pastor who spent a day in court trying to help a homeless man

-- my husband's patience. He's gone through at least 8 cans of white paint trying to find the right match for my daughter's old car that he's trying to fix up to sell for her

-- waking up with songs from our church Christmas cantata in my head

-- the chance to fix and freeze stuffing ahead for our Thanksgiving feast. Getting things done ahead means I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the people I love.

--the bargains I find while shopping with my mother

—the warmth of soft blankets on cold mornings

-- the cats peeking in the windows each morning in hopes of getting milk

-- being able to write two heart-warming stories at work -- one about a mother who ran a marathon to honor her friend with cancer and another about computer science students at ECSU who nabbed jobs at IBM

--seeing the first Christmas lights go up in Moyock. This big flashing display makes the ride home on a dark road a little brighter.

-- hearing all the coaches on The Voice encourage contestants who did not make it to the finals

—one more answered prayer: Figuring out what to write for my column this week

Cindy Beamon is editor for the Albemarle Life section of The Daily Advance

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