Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The whole family gets together for a fantastic meal and some football! (I fry the turkey so I do my part.) What's not to be thankful for? Life does not get better than that.
On a more serious note if you are reading this you probably have a lot to be thankful for. The odds are you have a good job, a home and a car, clothes to wear and you are getting three squares a day. It is wonderful that we have set aside a day for giving thanks for what we have, but it is something that we should do every day. The older I have gotten the more reﬂective I have become.
While America has its ﬂaws one of the greatest blessings that any of us have is the privilege of living here; however with every blessing and privilege is a concomitant obligation. It is not suﬃcient for each of us just to recognize how blessed we are and give thanks for what we have though that is certainly important. I think it is the responsibility of each of us to give back some of what we have and to help those who are less fortunate than we are. It doesn't have to be ﬁnancial, you can give your time too. Some organization in your community tomorrow is serving Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and the less fortunate, that organization could use your help. Call it and volunteer to help serve or wash dishes. I am sure your community has other outreach programs that could use your help as well. Your schools need tutors for the students that are falling behind. Is there an elderly person in your neighborhood who is having trouble getting around? How about asking if you can take them to the store or to the doctor? Or maybe there are outreach opportunities at your own financial institution. Whatever your talent, there is someone in your community that can use it.
Think how great our country could be if everyone would volunteer two or three hours of their time each week helping someone else. You don't have to look very hard to ﬁnd opportunities to give back.
Tomorrow take some quiet time away from the Thanksgiving celebration to really consider how blessed you are and then consider how you can be a blessing to someone else. More importantly, act on what you see. I hope your family has as great a Thanksgiving as mine will and that you celebrate thanksgiving every day of the year.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!