Thanks… and giving.

30 Nov

apple pie NovemberIt’s been over four years since I started this blog/gratitude project. It seems only fitting that during this season of Thanksgiving that I share a few of the things that I am grateful for. Of course, I am thankful for the basics… a warm home, plenty to eat, and good health.  A few other important things on the list include:

Friends. The people that have known me forever and when we speak after many months we pick up right where we left off. You know who you are. I hold you all in my heart and am so grateful for your love and acceptance.

pumpkin pie for georgeFamily.  Those to whom I am related by blood… and those who have become family by the times we’ve shared. You mean the world to me and my life would be so different without you. For each day that we share, I thank my lucky stars.

Purpose. Even after handing out more than 500 pies, I still feel moved to give them away. It may not be a lofty goal, but giving someone a reason to smile has become a part of me, and what could possibly be wrong with that?

A few days ago there was a news story about a California woman who saw the photo of the lifeless boy on a Turkish beach and felt moved to bring baby carriers to the families fleeing Syria. I was so impressed by her – she saw a need and found a way to fill it.

baby carrier

While we can’t all do what she did…  we can all do something. Donate some clothing, adopt a pet from the animal shelter, buy a homeless person a cup of coffee, or find a way to volunteer your time. Make a difference in the life of just one person and see if you are not forever changed in the process.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Holmes





2 Responses to “Thanks… and giving.”

  1. Don Stone November 30, 2015 at 11:43 PM #

    KPie is the most important basic food group

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