Being thankful....  

Christinegirl126 54F
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12/28/2005 5:41 am

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Being thankful....


I had recently been blogging on my 360 site but thought I'd come back to this one...But, I did want to share one blog from Thanksgiving...

Its that time of the year.......i suppose.....
The Holidays.......Arent they supposed to be happy? Filled with holiday cheer, goodwill towards men and Fa..la..la..?

Xmas music is playing everywhere, shoppers going crazy trying to find the perfect gift, children dreaming of Santa.... Who knows..maybe we'll even get alittle snow soon.....

The beginning of the holiday season..Thanksgiving..... I've thought alot about that lately...Being thankful.

I am thankful.... I don't always act it, or appreciate the value of thankfulness...But I am reminded recently of my fortunes....A story to share with my friends...

A friend and I have decided to volunteer more this holiday season. Help the less fortunate. Last weekend, we delivered food baskets for my church. A rewarding and heartfelt experience...

The families we delivered to were single moms, with multiple children. They were poor. Their homes were dirty. Their rooms cluttered with trash, dirty dishes and clothes scattered everywhere. A plugged sink with cereal floating in it, ready to run over. A empty pizza box on the counter. Dirt. Grime.... I remember that scene vividly. But what touches me the most about it were the faces. The faces of the little children. Cute, fat little kids with big smiles on their faces. Wonder in their eyes..... They dug into the bags of food as if it were xmas morning. One little boy, about 3 was hugging a package of yogert as if it were his best friend. Another happy for a box of pop tarts... Being thankful....it comes in so many sizes...

I've learned alot this year about being thankful. Things that I have most definately taken for granted in the past have come full circle this year for me. It will be my first Thanksgiving as a single parent after being married for 22 years. I never really thought alot about helping others over the years...Yes, I have volunteered a hundred times doing charitable things. Its not that....I guess that before this year, I wasnt grateful enough....Thankful.

Thankful for a roof over my head. Thankful for food in my refrig or a car to drive. I just expected it.. My husband has a good job and always provided for me somehow. I spent money foolishly. I bought things I didnt need and I never thought twice about it.

I knew there were people out there suffering, but I never imagined that I could be amoung them. I thought that I had it all. The all american life...Husband, child, home in the suburbs, cars in the drive, money to burn, diamonds on my hand.

But it's not until this very year that I've realized I really didnt have anything. What I cherished more than life, isnt there anymore and everything is different. What you have today, may be gone tommorrow and usually is....

I have learned what is important. Its about the things I do, on a daily basis that matters...Its about working hard...2 jobs instead of one. Its about doing it on your own, for all the right reasons. Cleaning out the gutters on my house, mowing the lawn. Its about working until you are so tired that you fear you can't go on, and then giving more to help someone else. I've learned to not take things for granted. A persons life can change in an instant. Its about making a difference. Helping a stranger. Making a new friend. Its about opening your heart and mind to new experiences....being thankful each and every day for the people in your life....

I am thankful now. I have a roof over my head, a career and the best friends anyone could ever have. I can smile when I think about what I've done for complete strangers....for the fat little kids eating their poptarts.

Be joyful....Be thankful....

Have a Blessed Holiday

funkazoofire 42M/36F

1/11/2006 5:51 am

whats your 360 site name?


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