Thanksgiving is the start of our Holiday season. This week many of us take the time to reflect how thankful we are for our good fortune. We feast, have family time, and express our love for our fellow man. We make lists of our blessings, some reflect how thankful they are that their hard work has paid off and some have a sharing/thanking time around the Thanksgiving table. We do this in many ways. We all seem to have pretty good lives here, and most of us are blessed with good fortune. A minister would say this thankfulness is good for the soul.
However, there is another way of looking at Thanksgiving. The idea is to see it from the giving side and not the receiving side. So think about this…
Sure, we have all wanted that special gift, job, or thing, and we were overjoyed and thankful to get it. It is a great feeling to achieve a goal and get what you want and you are thankful for it. That is motivation working, and that is good. But nothing makes you feel better than to see something you did that made a difference in the life or attitude of someone else. Nothing compares to seeing the look in a person’s face when they are truly grateful for your help. Few things beat a heartfelt thank you. It could be from a dear friend after you stayed up all night consoling their loss, or the feeling you get from volunteering, maybe in a clean-up day or a neighborhood project, or dropping off food for a hunger drive, or putting a ten dollar bill into the “kettle”. This is the “giving” in Thanksgiving. Giving does not have to be big things, but just knowing you helped lets you get that warm glowing feeling that spreads throughout you. These things make us happy with ourselves and let us know the joy of life. It is how you feel when you see TV shows of soldiers returning home and the light in a child’s eyes seeing Daddy or Mommy after deployment. It is “pay it forward”; it is what makes us happy to be alive.
President Royal Harbor Homeowners Association