Thanksgiving is just a short time away and it seems that it is easily lost amid the Christmas greenery and upcoming events. So it might take a conscious effort to just stop for awhile and live in the moment – to celebrate what Thanksgiving is all about.
If you have been blessed with having enough to eat and to pay your bills, you are fortunate. If you have beyond your needs, you are especially fortunate. And if you recognize and are willing to share what you have, either in tangible or intangible ways, then you are most blessed, and Thanksgiving is your opportunity.
Although needs abound throughout the year, Thanksgiving can be the start of sharing your blessings. Think of Thanksgiving and your blessings as an “every time” occurrence.
You can do as one couple does and assess what you actually need to live modestly, and then give the rest to those in need. Or, more realistically for most of us, you can resolve to just do one of the following and still make a difference for others. Remember that making a difference doesn’t require an individual to make a huge impact – it just requires each of us to do something positive. When we all work together, we make the huge impact.
• Every time you shop at the grocery store, buy an extra food item for a local food pantry
• Every time you write a check to a utility company for gas or electricity, add $1 to $5 as a donation to the fund that helps others
• Every time you buy something special for yourself, buy an extra one or something else for a friend, neighbor, shut-in, or random-act-of-kindness gift
• Every time you stand in line, talk to someone you do not know
• Every time you see someone who doesn’t look happy, give them a smile and a brief “hello”
• Every time you read something valuable, pass it along to someone else
• Every time you awaken in the morning, think of something special that you can do for someone that day
• Every time you write a check to a charity, add an extra dollar or more to what you had planned to give
• Every time a homeless or needy person asks you for something, be prepared (a fast food gift card, a dollar, a card printed with information about where to get help, etc.)
• Every time someone asks you to volunteer, think before you answer “no.” If you truly can’t volunteer, try to think of something else you can do in support
• Every time you are tempted to repeat something negative, stop and consider what harm it might do
• Every time you are tempted to say something hurtful or to retaliate, don’t
• Every time you make something special, share a portion with someone who will appreciate it (dessert, soup or stew, cookies, candy, etc)
• Every time you are able to do something good for someone else, give thanks that you are blessed to be on the giving end
• Every time something good or positive comes to you, find a way to share that blessing with others
Happy every time Thanksgiving!