Being Thankful

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2017-11-30 21:51:47 -0600
Started 2017-11-25 19:50:03 -0600

I have been reading post all over Facebook where friends and some of my family are asking the big question, "What are you thankful for?" I have seen everyone being thankful for family, friends, a roof over their heads etc… Not ONE person was thankful for anything that did not revolve around them.

Yes I am thankful for what I have, family friends, roof, walls, food and all the trappings the help me live day to day. Here is what I am thankful for:

-Our Community officer and I have collected enough coats to distribute to to those in our district that need a coat for themselves or their children. Left overs are always given to the Homeless.
-I am thankful for the Minister at the small church around the corner from me opened his church doors to officers out on a cold night at a homicide of a police officer two blocks from my house. They were able to get warm and get food that a restaurant delivered to the church all while grieving for the officer who lost his life.
-I am thankful that when I did a ride along earlier this month with two different Homicide Detectives that when they notified the family of a woman who was DOA and the mom and step dad of a young man they did it with compassion, dignity and respect. A young untrained officer would have bungled it.
-I am thankful for the Social Worker who knows that many of the kids at the only High School in our district are homeless or are in need of Toiletries.With my help and the help of people in the community who helped her spread the word, her Toiletry Drive was a big success.She told me at our last Community Meeting that people are still asking if they can donate.
-I am thankful for all the Churches and organizations as well as Police Districts that were able to collect enough food to distribute to the community or who got enough food donated to feed the homeless hot meals this Thanksgiving.

We all have so many things to be thankful for. There are people in every city and town who are far less fortunate than we are yet people frown upon them for being homeless or begging for money. Some are out there taking advantage of the kindness of others and don't need the money or food. Some are out their begging for money for drugs and alcohol and you can easily weed them out. The kid standing in front of a store begging for change might want that change to get something to eat or to feed a smaller sibling.

All I am saying is being thankful for what you have is well and fine. If you pay it forward, that is where the thankfulness begins. Giving a homeless person a sandwich is fine and it does not to be a healthy sandwich. they don't care as long as it is food. That person will be thankful that you fed him. Buy an extra pair of socks for the homeless man you see everyday. He will be thankful that his feet are warm. If you have coats to donate, instead of going for the few cents of a tax break, give it to a homeless person. He or she will be thankful you kept him/her warm. Do the same thing with blankets you no longer need.

Next year let's be thankful because we were able to help someone else.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-11-29 18:45:25 -0600 Report

Joyce, I really appreciate this post. It's a great reminder to be thankful for the good we see around us, for people in need being helped. I am on a short vacation in Medellin, Colombia this week. I watched a friend walk up to a homeless man on the street and escort him to a food counter, and encourage him to pick out whatever he wanted to eat. It was so touching for me to see my friend's concern for the needy people in country, and for him to take action on that concern. A reminder that there is good in the world. And a challenge for me to look for ways to do acts of kindness when I return home tomorrow. We all need to be doing good in our own corners of the world. It's how we will stay optimistic in the face of all the negativity we read about every day. Thanks again for sharing this.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-11-30 21:51:47 -0600 Report

You are quite welcome Dr. Gary. I got tired of reading about everything people were thankful for and noticed it was all about themselves.

I love your friend. He did a good thing for someone. Paying it forward is very important.

When I worked at the hospital, the chef use to bring me dinner from time to time. One night he brought me dinner after I ate my dinner. He gave me two very large fried Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and a roll. On my way home the night before it was very cold and I passed a man huddled on a bench in blankets. When the chef gave me the food I thought of him. I heated the food before I left work and sure enough the man was on the bench. I pulled over and a police car pulled in front of me. The officer got out and was giving him a large cup of hot coffee and I gave him the food. It was so cold out the man's tears were practically freezing on his cheeks. I asked him would he please go to a shelter. The officer said he would take him. He asked if he could eat first and the officer told him he would come back for him. The next night I stopped at 7-11 and the officer came in. He recognized me and told me that he did take the man to a shelter and thanked me for giving him the food.

How can anyone possibly be thankful for what they have without feeling for those who don't have? We have to help each other and realize that people in need won't always ask for help. If you can afford to do so donate to a food bank/pantry. I never donate to big charities because the money never fully makes it to those in need. Donate to organizations that do direct service.

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