Action-bake sale. Participated in a Midwest town Christmas Walk. Only 2,500 people in Carthage, IL, and I swear EVERYONE came out! I was next to the freshman class bake sale. Pretty sure I paid for their next activity.
I am grateful to experience what a “community” can be. So awesome to watch everyone greet each other. Are you part of a “community?”
Action. After focusing on gratitudes for a year and especially November, I am putting thoughts into action. Giving is a big part of December. I am working on making my giving about positive actions. Today I attended a Fair Trade shopping event.
I am grateful for opportunities to make purchases “give back” while I am giving. How will you plan your holiday shopping?
Religion. Whether you like it or not, America really was founded on the cause of religious freedom. The Pilgrim’s sacrificed a lot to venture to a place where they could worship as they saw fit.
I am grateful to be a part of a religious group. There are MANY benefits to myself and others as we share our blessings. Will you be grateful for religion as you celebrate Thanksgiving?
Today I saw a garbage truck driver do the right thing. A dumpster was too full. Instead of dumping and driving away, he actually got out of his truck, picked up the extra trash off the ground and cleaned up. He didn’t have to do that. Especially because the dumpster was in an enclosed area where no one would see if the garbage was picked up or not.
I am grateful to have witnessed someone do the right thing. Those moments always renew my faith in humanity. Do you do the right thing. ESPECIALLY when no one is looking?
Pets. Spent the weekend “pet sitting.” Our kids share a kitten that was rescued on a mission trip. Amazing how much one little kritter can alter every day schedules. Now that the house is empty, I miss her. Cute little thing.
Pets are a lot of work, but I am grateful for the entertainment they provide. They are a lot of work, but if you are ready to make that commitment, they are worth it. Play with a pet this week, even if you have to borrow one.
Dinner. Spent the evening at “Dinner for 8,” a program our church hosts to welcome new people. The ages ranged from 21 to 70’s (with the best behaving 8 & 10 year olds ever!). Great conversation that told us the 6 points of separation is more like 4 or 5. American’s should re-embrace dinner conversation!
I am grateful to share life experiences with others. I always learn something new. AND dinner was terrific!!! A thank you note to the hosts for sure. Who can you invite to dinner? It will be time well spent.
Creativity. Spent the weekend at a Craft Fair in Cape Girardeau. Such a wide variety of people who are willing to share their skills. My favorite? The mom and daughter who recycled baby food jars to make a three tiered hot chocolate mix that looked like a snowman, selling for just $2, with all proceeds going to missions.
I am grateful that not everyone needs to fit the standards of Pinterest to be creative. Being creative and giving to others at the same time… even better. Go to a small craft fair and support someone you wouldn’t normally purchase from… it’s rewarding.
Safe travel. Driving I-70 today, I got sent on a detour. That always means trouble. The detour paralleled the interstate. LOTS of emergency vehicles, never a good thing. I spent the rest of my travels in prayer for all involved and gratitude for my safety.
I am ever aware of the dangers of being in a moving vehicle. I am grateful for every day of safe travel. You should always watch out for the “other guy” as well. Are you a safe driver?
Sweaters!!! Call me crazy, but I am grateful for cold weather!!! I love wearing sweaters, and the number of days you can wear them are so few.
The weather will do whatever it wants. I am grateful to have warm clothes to deal with it. Here is your challenge - instead of grumbling about the weather, be thankful for enough clothes to handle it.
Thank Banks. Spent lunch today with 20 women who learned about the beginnings of a program called Thank Banks. One woman wanted to make a difference in the lives of the needy. She gave a few cents and told her friends - that was in the 1800’s. Today, Thank Banks raise over $1 million dollars a year.
I am grateful I have extra change that I can donate to change someone else’s life. A little can go a long way. What do you do with your change? Where can you donate it?