Today I woke up thinking how wonderful it is to be alive. I am thankful for the memories of good times and happy days. I was thrilled that yet another day the sun was shining through my window and I was able to have a smile upon my face. As I walked to my kitchen to prepare my breakfast I saw a TV commercial reminding me that it was the time of year to donate to the homeless and hungry.
Thanksgiving in general is a time of fellowship with family and friends. The airports, train stations and highways are packed with travelers on their way to be with loved ones to feast on the traditional turkey and stuffing dinner.
Due to the current economy, many people have lost their jobs as well as their homes. Before the economy crashed, thousands of children and adults were homeless and hungry. The media highlights shelters and non-profit organizations that reach out to make sure the hungry is being fed during the holiday season. What about the homeless and hungry during the rest of the year?
As we attempt to survive in a world of material belongings and keeping up with the Jones, do the hard times of the homeless and hungry cross your mind? Driving through town we observe citizens carrying signs that read “hungry and homeless please help.” Do we judge them in our minds and ask ourselves are they are really homeless or running a scam? We don’t know their situations but we place judgment anyway as we pretend we don’t see them.
In an instant your life can change by no fault of you own. You can find yourself homeless and hungry and nowhere to turn at the blink of an eye. In our daily lives so much is taken for granted. We fail to realize that the same way we obtained our material possessions they can be stripped away just as easy. We take it for granted that every day we will have food to eat and a comfortable clean place to lay our head every night.
Every day that you wake up, are you thankful that you were spared another day? Are you thankful that you have lights to read, food to eat and heat to keep you warm? Are you thankful that you have a job, no matter how much you may not like it?
On your next outing if your path crosses someone holding a sign asking for help, keep in mind that could be you. If you can, give from your heart and not grudgingly. The pennies you give may feed a homeless hungry family.
As you move toward the holiday season reflect on your life. What are you most happy about this Thanksgiving? Be thankful everyday that you are alive; be thankful that you have been blessed with family and friends that love you. Don’t look down your nose on the people living on the streets. For whatever reason they are there, it’s not our place to judge them. Take the opportunity to give and bless someone’s day. Be thankful that you too can be a blessing in someone’s life and bring a smile upon a sad face.