The Death Of Kobe Bryant

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The Importance Of Being Thankful

On January 26th, 2020, the world was shocked to hear about the passing of one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant. Only 41 years of age, Kobe was in a helicopter with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. This goes to show you that tomorrow is never promised. The death of Kobe Bryant reminds us that one day we are here, and the next we are not.

The reality of life is that bad things happen to good people and we will never understand why. Why do so many bad people continue to live on while good people like Kobe Bryant pass away at such a young age? While we will never know until we all reach God’s kingdom, this goes to show us how important it is to not take life for granted.

We often complain about this and that and how we want more in life, but we forget to take a step back and be appreciative of the fact that we are alive, breathing, walking, thinking and talking. These basic human capabilities are often taken for granted: they become replaced with complaints, arguments and hatred.

The importance of being thankful for your life and everything that you have cannot be stressed enough. Every day, innocent people die for no apparent reason. It’s just the way the world is designed. We’re not always meant to understand why we have to experience the pain that we do; it happens, we grow from it and we move on.

It’s important to remind yourself to be thankful for everything that you have on a daily basis; not just when a celebrity star unexpectedly passes away. When stars pass away, they remind us how important and precious our lives are. It makes us feel sad and terrible pain inside, even if we didn’t know the stars personally.

But this pain is a reminder of how much suffering death brings to us, and why we have to count our blessings every single day! Even when we are annoyed, sad or angry, we must remind ourselves, “Despite all of my emotions, I am alive and I am thankful that God has given me a chance to experience life.”

Rest in peace Kobe Bryant. May God continue to bless you and your family for eternity!

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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Being Thankful For Police Service

It’s not a stretch to say that we take law enforcement for granted. “Oh, the cops, yeah they’re just there I guess.” But they’re not just there. The police are the ones who we first call when we are in need of assistance, especially when we experience dangerous and violent situations. Law enforcement appreciation day is about recognizing all of the hard work and great service that our officers put in every single day to keep us safe.

Without the police, our society would be in even more chaos than it currently is. How many kidnappings, robberies, burglaries, thefts, rapes, assaults and other crimes occur every day? Probably too many to count. The police leave their families every morning not knowing if they will come back home for supper.

We have to be understanding of the nature of their work. It’s not easy to patrol a town or city and having to deal with all the difficulties that troubled minds contribute. Imagine how many psychopaths and evil people roam our streets, waiting for an opportunity to commit a hideous act.

The police have dedicated their lives to protect our society. We must be understanding and appreciative of their dedication. They have received such a bad rep because of the mainstream media’s portrayal of “cops killing black people.” Haven’t you learned that the mainstream media blows many stories out of proportion in order to make headlines and attract more viewers?

No one is denying the many black deaths that the boys in blue have mistakenly or even purposely taken on some occasions. But rotten apples are everywhere, not just in law enforcement. We cannot hate our police based on a few rotten apples. As with most people in life, the good ones tend to prevail over the bad ones.

It’s also worth mentioning the many innocent officers who have lost their lives to violent and heartless criminals. But who talks about them? The media occasionally mentions it, usually Fox News to be honest. But do we sit around making a huge deal, like when the script is flipped and a cop kills a questionably bad person?

The point is to not follow the mainstream trend just because it’s easier and more comfortable to do so. Be your own voice and use your own mind to come up with your own opinions; exercise your beliefs and live by them! If you are a fan of President Trump, then be a fan and be proud of it! Don’t hold yourself back just because it’s more popular to be a “liberal.”

The same applies with cops. Law enforcement appreciation day should be every day. These brave men and women go to work to keep us safe. The least that we can do is to be appreciative of their intentions and good work!

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Woke Up Thankful

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Living Thankfully

Starting off your day in the right direction depends a lot on your mindset upon awakening. The thoughts that you experience when you wake up have an influence on the rest of your day; they guide the direction in which your mind will navigate.

One of the best ways to start your day off right is to practice being thankful. It is so easy to focus on the things that are bothering you in life and lose sight of your blessings. If being thankful is a difficult objective for you, then you might want to consider mindfulness.

Even if you are battling many difficulties, being thankful reminds you of the nice and good things that are in your life; it helps you come back to a centered state of mind when you are too far down in a negative direction. It is important to remain emotionally stable in life because it helps you stay clearheaded and perform at your best.

Waking up thankful is one of the nicest feelings that you can experience: it is warmth, comfort and bliss. You love yourself when you are thankful. You feel that life is worth living every second of it. It puts you in a good mood which you radiate onto the rest of the world.

Being thankful is to live again.

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