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Attitude of Gratitude

by Laural Porter

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

They came streaming into the Rose Garden for a fine harvest dinner.

Thousands of Portland's homeless and critically low income individuals lined up for turkey, gravy, green beans,stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie.

I had the honor of being one of the many volunteers helping serve up all the fixings at the Portland Trail Blazers 13th annual Harvest dinner.

The people I served were young and old, pregnant moms,dads toting youngsters by the hand, grandmothers and grandfathers, people of many ethnic backgrounds.

What struck me is that our economy is taking a toll on all of us, but these people most of all.

As they came through the line, where I was handing out utensils and napkins, they often commented on the bad economic news they hear me reporting every day on Newschannel 8.

Yet,they didn't complain much, instead most were extremely grateful. Nearly every person I met thanked me for helping out at the dinner.

I'd ask, "How are you?", and many would tell me they are blessed, or I'm good and even better now that I get to have this delicious meal.

They thanked me,yet I am the one who should be so grateful. I am grateful to them for letting me see their grace in these difficult times.

Thank you also to the Trail Blazers for allowing me the opportunity to serve.

In doing so, the most needy among us served me, too. They served a lesson about gratitude and counting my blessings, and not so much the losses in my 401k.