Not to me personally, thank you. My family and me have many things to be thankful for:
- We have health (most of the time) and healthcare if we’re sick
- We have friends
- We have family
- We have clean and hot water
- We live in a country that is supportive of LGBTQ rights
- We live in a country where freedom of speech is in the constitution
- Our kids receive education
- We have a roof over our heads
- We are never hungry
- We have clean clothes that fit us
- We have the resources to do fun things
- We have means of transportation
- We, as parents, are able to give our children gifts
- We have money for hobbies
- We have a pet and the means to care for that pet
I can go on. The list is large. And if you can check off most of the above items, then you have a lot to be thankful for as well.
While I am do not particularly like the word ‘blessed’ – it implies that we have received the above, instead of working (hard) for most of them – there is no denying that my family and me are better off than many others.
Poverty is not a choice. It is circumstance.
Nobody chooses to be in a situation where they are not able to take care of themselves, or others. Even when substance abuse or other illnesses are in play, there is always a root cause.
Nobody consciously chooses a life filled with struggle.
When I was pregnant with my oldest child, I knew hunger. Macaroni was what I lived on, because it was cheap and I couldn’t afford anything that wasn’t plain pasta with tomato sauce. I didn’t have money because nobody would hire a pregnant lady – regardless of how many interviews I did. That wasn’t a choice.
Please give, especially now
If you have felt despair at the current state the world is in, now especially should be the time where you work at making the world a better place.
Give silently. Giving is not for your benefit, or to gain recognition. Giving for the benefit of others will make the world a better place. That is your prize.
Giving does not mean: give money. Donating your time is also giving. Being kind to someone doesn’t cost you anything. Get involved in an open source project is also giving.
Give, regardless of belief. Not believing in a deity does not prohibit you giving.
Give, regardless of the time of year.
Give, regardless of your political views.