Thanksgiving in the USA is just around the corner. We think of it as a time to gather with friends or family and say thanks for our blessings. Some folks only think of it as a day to pig out. Others fret over having to face certain family members they’d rather not.
Making one day THE day to say thanks often winds up putting a lot of pressure on people! Especially those in charge of cooking the meal.
The attitude of gratitude is something I prefer to carry with me every day, because I have much to be thankful for.
My daily bread is always there, and because I understand others go hungry, I give monthly to Feed the Children. My health is relatively good for a lady of my age, and in gratitude of this I contribute monthly to St. Jude’s Hospital, where no child or family is turned away.
I am blessed with a roof over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in, and because of this I have sponsored a young girl in Haiti through World Vision for nearly a decade now.
It doesn’t all have to be about giving money, though.
There are so many ways to help our neighbors that don’t involve the pocket book. For instance, we can regularly go through the closets to find gently worn clothes, shoes and “still working” household items to give to the local thrift store. This helps employ other people and allows families to stretch their shrinking dollars for basic needs. There are soup kitchens (usually run by local churches) open all year long, not just the holidays, to volunteer with. Many towns often schedule community clean up days where all volunteers are welcome.
Simple acts of kindness for our fellow citizens don’t cost a penny and pay goodwill forward. We can all do that, no matter how rich or poor we are. And who among us doesn’t have an extra smile or two to spare for a stranger. It might be the only one they get that day!
We have so many opportunities to show our thanks throughout the year, why wait for one day every year to do it?
This Thanksgiving, while we enjoy the fruits of our bounty, may we all be refreshed and strengthened, and ready to find a way to help others. Most importantly, may we greet each day with a grateful heart.
Until next time, make it a great one!