Welcome to a 3-Part Series called “An Attitude of Gratitude.” Last year the SOS Leadership partners began a tradition of blogging about gratitude and what matters most during the week of Thanksgiving. To read last year’s post by Amber Fogarty, click here. To read last year’s post by Bill Moyer, click here. To read last year’s post by Billy Moyer, click here. And without further ado, let us begin this year’s Thanksgiving blog series!
“I am grateful for sight and sound and breath. If ever in my life there is a pouring out of blessings beyond that, then I will be grateful for the miracle of abundance.”
– The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
At this moment, many people have far more than they need. You may be one of them. If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, a car to get you where you need and want to go, and some money in the bank, you are most likely able to meet all of your basic needs. You live in abundance.
I fall into this category. Yet, in the midst of abundance, I sometimes find myself wanting more. I dream of being debt-free, of making certain home improvements, of owning particular things. My husband and I talk about things we’d like to get for our kids that we didn’t have when we were growing up.
I feel torn about this on a daily basis. We live in abundance. Sure, we don’t have as much as other people we know, but we have more than enough.
This Thanksgiving I am challenging myself to reflect on the miracle of abundance in my life. I want to remember each and every person who doesn’t have enough. I want to reach out to them, not just in thought, but in deed.
The poor are often faceless to us. We don’t necessarily see them. We don’t hear their stories. We don’t know their pain. We often focus so much on our own stuff, whatever it is, that we forget about those who struggle on a daily basis. This Thanksgiving join me in reflecting on abundance. Join me in making a commitment to do something, anything, for those in your community who are experiencing the pain and shame of poverty.
There are many ways you can make a difference. You can give of your time by volunteering; you can make a financial gift to an organization that is near and dear to your heart. You can organize a food drive, a clothing drive, or a toiletry drive for a local homeless shelter or food pantry. If you have kids, you can make any of the above a fun family project. Or you can host a drive with a group of friends, a church ministry you’re involved with, or a sports team. We all can do something. EVERY act of kindness counts.
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another…A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Let us love deeply and join our voices together in giving thanks for what matters most, not just during this week of Thanksgiving, but always.