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FINDING OUR "FLOW" IN GRATITUDE

by Gerry McCarthy

Summertime. The living is easy. Or so we’re told. Most people think of summer as a time of relaxation, vacations, barbecues, suntans, beaches, golf, and loads of daylight hours. I know I do.
     But summer invariably brings bizarre accidents and tragic deaths. Many times on my holiday in July I was reluctant to purchase a newspaper, because I feared reading another story about a drowning.
     In Eric Klinenberg’s just published book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago we revisit the 1995 heat disaster in Chicago that killed nearly 800 people. It’s sobering to behold. As Klinenberg writes, "more people die in heat waves than in all other extreme events combined."
     On a beautiful day this past July, I experienced what could have been a terrible boating accident. In an instant, things changed. Fortunately, the accident resulted in only minor injuries. But it was shocking how things might have been different. In short, I was thankful to be alive.
     The accident prompted me to wonder why we
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