November is the month of Thanksgiving here in the United States, a time when we express gratitude for all our many blessings. Although I think gratitude is best expressed daily, even moment to moment, I think it is nice to have a day set aside especially to reflect and share our blessings with others.
Around the holidays public service organizations are inundated with volunteers who want to be a part of something larger than themselves and these agencies are grateful for that expression, but sometimes they have to turn volunteers away. The truth is, the need is on-going all year around. If you are so inclined, why not offer a gift that would give all year long? Volunteer weekly or monthly. If you haven’t a lot of time to spare, set up a donation that is deducted from your credit card monthly. While donating $120 all at once might be a hardship, $10 a month spread over a year is quite manageable. Monthly donations help agencies plan and allocate services with that on-going commitment.
Most of us are truly blessed. Sure, life isn’t perfect, there is no such thing. The contrast of hitting the potholes in life provides appreciation for when the road is smooth. This month let friends, family and coworkers know how thankful you are that they are in your life. Those who support the background structure of your life – the road crews, town and city officers, teachers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMTs, store clerks, bank tellers and postal employees – all would be uplifted by your kind appreciation. Acknowledgement is the greatest of gifts and it costs nothing but a smile.
What am I grateful for? So much! The list is endless. The curious thing is that after a few years of daily practice, I’ve begun to see blessings in even the “negative” things that occur in life. Sometimes it may take a minute (or a day!) to see the silver lining, but if I put my mind to it, I can. For example, when I am sick with a cold, I think how grateful I am that it is only a short while until I am well again; there are many people who never recover their health. Like the song, “When the dog bites, when the bee stings…” I think of all my blessings and feel grateful.
Happy Thanks Giving!
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