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I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

on 26 November 2009

Every year, the holiday rush and bustle sweeps everyone along; too often, it’s easy to get so lost in this rush that the thought of others slips our minds.

That’s why this year, a few little acts of kindness have really captured my attention. Listening to KLOVE, I was amazed at the number of people giving money to help other people receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Literally thousands of meals are being provided by the generosity of random strangers.

On my favourite book site, LibraryThing, people are returning a favour done to them last year, and are now providing scholarships to those who cannot afford to pay the fee themselves. For many of these people, they are single parents who are so focused on trying to provide gifts for their children that they have nothing left for themselves. Now, because of random acts of kindness, these deserving people will have a surprise of books waiting for them under the tree on the 25th.

It’s really awesome.

I work in a curious blend of food service and retail. We don’t always get to see the best sides of people. We see people who are desperate for you to get their order right (“Don’t forget my vanilla”, says the perfect stranger.). We see those who want the item they want when they want it (Where are the ornaments? Oh, you only have those? Let me shove past you on my cellphone to run out the door. I don’t want those.).

Yet, every once in a while, we see the generous side of people appear. We see someone pay for the order of the person behind them. Someone treats their friend. A parent and child share a drink and a pastry.

Because, when you strip down the holiday season, it’s really only about one thing: others. Doing whatever you can to reach out to others.

This is not the time for selfishness and self-absorption. This is the time to look around you and find something to be thankful for, and to find someone to bless.

Happy Thanks-giving .

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