Assets In Action: Staying positive can go a long way

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The saying from the Progressive commercial, “These are troubling times in the kingdom,” keeps popping into my head when I least expect it.
As we look at the asset of positive identity this month, can I ask you to not just consider youth, but consider everyone in the kingdom.
Take a minute to realize that loss in a community, especially of someone so young, in a town our size, is overwhelming to say the very least.
During this time, I also ask you to understand that there are many feelings that abound, not only this week, but over the next few weeks, which can include; sadness, anger, depression, confusion and more.
As a community of support, you need to understand that when we lose someone, even the many, many people that didn’t know that person, can be equally sad for a variety of reasons.
The holidays are very tough for people for a variety of reasons. They might include financial difficulties, health issues, weather and loss of anyone that made you especially happy during the holiday season.
When I work with the elementary students, I explain that you never know what is going on in someone’s life.
The person with the biggest smile can be troubled; they just don’t show their emotions.

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