It is never too late to be thankful

by Hannah Joyce

November is the month of Thanksgiving, a time to recognize all that we have to be thankful for. A time to spend with family and relax. To renew your soul for the cold winter ahead. Let’s take a moment to think about what we can be thankful for this holiday season:

  • I am surrounded by my loving family
  • I am continuing my education
  • I have a roof over my head
  • I have food on my table
  • I have love in my soul

 

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Family is so very important. It is not always the blood relatives you were given by God but the people that stick by your side through thick and thin. People that know the good and bad about you but still love you despite that. We do not all have a loving family we were born into, but we can all form our own family in this world. Who is your family this holiday season?

School can be such a drag, but I am so fortunate to be able to continue my education in human services to hopefully one day become a victim advocate. We all have our own individual passions, mine happens to be helping others but what’s yours? What gets you smiling? What makes you warm inside? It could be anything from working at a home improvement store and helping a couple find the perfect color for their walls or running a multi-millionaire company. Find your passion and make that a reality.

With the recent natural disasters, many people have lost their homes. I am lucky to live in an area that is not affected much by mother nature besides snowstorms in the winter time. For those of us that are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads let’s give back to those who are not as lucky as us. This can be anything from donating to the organization’s that help those that have lost their homes to volunteering your time at a food pantry/homeless shelter.

During this time of the year a lot of people give to local food pantries and volunteer at soup kitchens but here is an idea, what about doing this all year long? The food pantries and soup kitchens don’t need help just during the holiday season but all year around. Even if you just donate food to your local food pantry on a regular basis that would be a huge help to your community.

This year slow down, don’t worry about the Black Friday deals. Don’t worry about anything except enjoying your time with your loved ones.

From the We are all the same family have a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Note: By the end of the weekend, some people are tired of being with their families, but we always should think about the meaning of this holiday, when you were so excited to see the dear ones, and celebrating all the love and gratitude.

 

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