It begins today, November 1. It’s called “30 Days of Thanksgiving” and the premise is simple. Each day, starting today and going through the end of November, you think/write/post one thing you are thankful for that day.
Stan, who works in our office and blogs often for us, got many of us started on this last year. I was one of those folks.
In the beginning, I had tons of things to list but as the month went on, I really had to think a bit more deeply. After all, life is hard. Plus I work in an environment where that hardness of life shows up daily – so many people in such dire straits, such desperate need!
Just about the time I think I can’t take the sadness of such desperate need any longer, I get the chance to meet someone like:
JOE: who lost his job, his gorgeous home, and his prized green Jaguar car. He survived and shares his story with his message of “you don’t need all that stuff to be happy.”
HANNAH: whose parents could not figure out why she stopped talking at 18 months of age. After numerous specialists’ visits, they learned Hannah was autistic. Today, Hannah is a bubbly and very talkative 6 year old attending elementary school.
CHARLES: whose pastor found him living in a tool shed. In his seventies, Charles was barely holding on but with love and care he’s living in his own apartment, eating well and getting plenty of exercise.
So I’m going to start my “30 Days of Thanksgiving” with I am thankful for great organizations like United Way, filled with caring employees and fabulous donors and volunteers, who are making a huge difference to so many people who are struggling with meeting their basic needs of food, shelter, health, education and so much more.
What are you thankful for today?