Today we have the opportunity to give thanks. Thanks for what we have began, accomplished and avoided this year. We all find ourselves in various challenging situations in our daily life that gracefully builds character and on occasions tragically exposes it.
When I think back on all the things that went on this past year I can only be thankful for the grace and mercy bestowed on me. The outcomes could have be dramatically different. Early in the year I was out of a job that I hated, but had another one within two weeks. Didn’t miss paying a single bill. It’s still amazing to me.
So today I think about all of the things I have to be thankful for and it’s too long to list. But I think about what I’ve avoided and it brings me to a simple question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he speaks about service.
The greatest expression of our thankfulness should be our willingness to service. What have you done for others?
So during this holiday season I ask that you take a moment to offer an encouraging word to someone. Share sincere words of support and acceptance. Mentally place yourself in someone else shoes before offering up criticism. Be open to alternative points-of-views. Write a letter of appreciation to someone who would not expect it. We all fall short at times, but just be willing to have an open mind to the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of someone who you’ve never met. You never know, it may be the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
>>Ya see I went too long again. I’ve got to start shorten these things up. oh well.