Thursday was a day to reflect on what we are thankful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, News Channel 3 wraps up our American Evolution economic special report with a focus on how best to weather hard times. It's not so much mind over matter, but a matter of attitude. To truly appreciate the good times, you have to weather some bad ones. If you are a young family just starting out, and the breadwinner loses his or her job at Georgia Pacific or Brunswick Boat in a down economy, these are bad times. If you grew up in the Great Depression and then fought a world war, what's going on today looks pretty good by comparison. The definition of good times and bad are very personal, and thus, relative. For instance, if you have survived cancer, then catching the flu may be no big deal. If you never get sick, then the flu may seem like the end of life as you know it, for a few days anyway. It depends upon your point of view. Is your glass half empty or half full? When we WWAY asked a panel of seasoned citizens, to a one, their glass is half full. Despite the things they've seen and experienced, or more likely because of them, they have an unbridled appreciation for life as they near the end of theirs. When asked the big question, the one that transcends all others, how do they measure a life well lived, the said: "I think a well-lived life is one that is joyous," said Charley Boney. Gleason Allen said, "Having a close family and preserving those connections and all; and having done a little something for the community in addition to making a living.” Dottie Weathersbee added, "To know God, to love God, and enjoy him forever. I think that wherein lies our hope." "If you follow the principles of Christianity and love everybody, you'll be happy," Henry Van Oesen said. "A life well-lived is a life shared with others and making home a place that people will feel wanted and needed," said Inez Richardson. Hannah Block said, "Exactly what they said. I cannot add more to it." WWAY would like to thank Hannah Block, Inez S. Richardson, Henry Van Oesen, Dottie Weathersbee, Gleason Allen, and Charley Boney for spending time with us on this project.
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