Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday because of the fall season, cooler temps, comfort foods, and family and friend time. Although the family and friend time will be more challenging this year, I’m looking forward to CELEBRATING. There is much to be thankful for, even in the midst of this worldwide pandemic that’s boggling our minds. If you’re alive and reading this blog post, be thankful. It is very sad that many people have lost their lives, their loved ones, and their incomes and careers. If you’ve made it this far into 2020, despite the circumstances, be thankful.
I especially love this time of year because the spirit of generosity is amplified during the holiday season. People tend to be more giving of their time, resources, and money. I strive to be that way year round, especially in 2020. I learned many years ago that I can’t save the world and there are many things outside of my control. However, I can do things to express my gratitude such as sharing an extra kind word, providing an extra tip to a service professional, or sending a card of gratitude.
I typically send Christmas cards, but not cards for Thanksgiving. My initial plan was to send cards to my team with a few words of appreciation for their their hard work and commitment. We haven’t worked in the same physical space for nine months, so I’ve had to be more creative with how I let them know how much they mean to me. Another trip to the Dollar Store to purchase more cards and a trip to the post office later, we mailed about 30 cards. If you’re in my tribe and didn’t get a card, don’t fret. I’ll likely catch you at Christmas.
My gesture wasn’t expensive (did you catch I bought the cards from the Dollar Store), but I think people appreciate a kind word and a gesture that lets them know someone is thinking of them. I was surprised that it took me about 2 hours to sign the cards for my team and I spent another 3 hours signing cards for family and friends. In the big scheme of things, it took a little bit of time and cost a little bit of money, but it felt great and made my heart FULL.
Without fail, no matter how I’m feeling, good or bad, happy or sad, I always feel better when I do something nice for someone else, no matter how small. And what I perceive as small, may mean the world to someone else, especially considering the isolation that many people are experiencing due to social distancing and other COVID-19 related measures.
My intent in sharing this post is not to boast, but to empower you to do something for someone else. If you’re not sure how to brighten up someone’s day, or if your day needs to be brightened, I encourage you to find a small, inexpensive (or free) way to spread joy and kindness to others. I’d even love it if you shared some ideas on this post.
2020 isn’t over yet, which means there are opportunities for more blessings, more goal crushing, more connections, more reflection, and more expressions of gratitude. Happy THANKSGIVING from my family to yours!
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Wow that was beautifully written and I couldn’t agree with you more no matter how small you may think something is it could actually mean the world to me. I must say I do love the holidays and how people are so much more cheerful even with a pandemic I love this time of year and wish more people acted like this year round. We would have so much more happiness and love.
I was actually curious if you would be interested in posting a blog about adopting this amazing family. I have known them for over a decade and watched as their world crumbled and I want nothing more but to show them that in the darkness their is light and love and happiness and hope. This is a blog another blogger did about them and its absolutely beautiful what she wrote.
Also in the gofundme page is the link to the news article that was done about them. I’m hoping we can share some love and happiness with them and really inspire people and make this a Thanksgiving for them to remember. I look forward to a beautiful collaboration with you and can’t wait to hear back from you. Have an amazing night and look forward to future posts from you. 😀
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Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my post. I really appreciate it. I’m with you in wishing more people were like this year round. What I was reminded of this past week is to ugly side of this time of year. People are in a constant rush and don’t adhere to basic driver’s education and the general shopping frenzy. Ugghhh! My patience has been tested! Whatever the case, I’m all for sharing love and wish the best for the family you mention. So many people are struggling and it makes my heart full knowing others are helping them. It doesn’t fit the format/purpose of my site to post about specific families, so I won’t share on my site. However, I very much appreciate the offer. God bless you and I will keep the family in my prayers.
Oh I totally hear you on that on the flip side of the holiday cheer are the people who forget manners and go rushing about freaking out and freaking every one else out around them lol definitely a test of the patience. Well thank you so much for reading it and maybe if you can share it on an alternate social media site that would be cool. If not that’s totally fine I just appreciate your honest 🙂 I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving 💗
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