Village News

By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: November 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I am eagerly anticipating sharing a meal with good friends, watching football on TV, and enjoying a day of leisure. However, to celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving, I need quiet time to reflect on the many blessings in my life.

We are so busy living our lives that we often forget to say thank you. We take people for granted. It’s not easy to express gratitude. How do we find the right words? If you are looking for a few ideas, I recommend the following books available at the library:

  • “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathrach
  • “The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life” by Janice Kaplan
  • “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier” by Dr. Robert A. Emmons.

If you don’t have time to read a book, consider exploring these websites:

In a recent blog posted on the Tiny Buddha website, Celestine Chua lists 60 things to be grateful for in life. To view the entire list, access this blog post at Here are a few:

  • Your family—for being your closest kin in the world.
  • Your mind—for the ability to think, store memories, and to create new solutions.
  • Mother Nature—for covering our world in beauty.
  • Books—for adding wisdom into your life.
  • Music—for lifting your spirits when you’re down and for filling your life with more love.
  • Your mistakes—for helping you improve and become better.
  • Laughter—for serenading your life with joy.
  • Your best friends—for being there whenever you need them.
  • Life—for giving you the chance to experience all that you’re experiencing and will be experiencing in time to come.

Now, it’s time for me to put these ideas into practice. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who assisted with moving the Village library to our new location. There were so many individuals who donated their time and services that I hesitate to mention names in case I forget anyone. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals working together, the Sedona Public Library Service Center will continue to offer free library services in the Village.

I hope you will be inspired by these words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Village library is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information call the library at 928-284-1603 or visit Sedona Public Library’s website at

Cheryl Yeatts
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.