I woke up on Thanksgiving morning, with a small dose of dread, with lists of cooking times and checklists running around in my head. I was ready to cook for a house full of family, feeling a little too frazzled to think of the reason behind the big holiday. A little delay tactic of perusing Facebook changed that in an instant.
I read a posting by a former colleague of mine. She posted that she was thankful to be alive. This year she had lost her job, her children (in a custody hearing), had spent a few weeks living in her car and then a few more in a homeless shelter. Luckily it sounds like she is getting back on her feet with the support of family, friends and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. It’s easy to distance yourself from the face of the homeless and think it’s impossible that you might know someone personally affected – every homeless person came from a family, with schoolmates, friends, and coworkers. A million things led to their unfortunate circumstances.
I know it is wrong to feel lucky because of another’s misfortune, however in the moment I wanted to give her a huge hug and say some comforting words, as well as give thanks for all that I have… my family, friends, delicious food on my table and safe home. There is so much in my life that I am lucky enough to have. The stress of cooking and hostess-ing was gone in an instant and replaced with a very full heart.
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are (thankfully) over, I hope you will remember the really important things this holiday season. Today is “Giving Tuesday” a global day to be charitable and to give back. Please click on the link and read how you might be able to give a little back if you are able.