Thanks Giving day, or to some of you better known as Turkey day, is a rather unique holiday in this nation. Many people spend it gorging on food and then sitting in front of a big screen television watching a sporting event. Some other people spend it sitting in a less desirable environment, perhaps a homeless shelter, a home for battered women, or in some cases sitting in a card board box along side a street or in an alley, out of sight. How many of us as we sit and eat even give a thought that but for a little luck we could be that person in those circumstances? If you were in their place on this great national holiday, what would you be give “Thanks” for? How many of us give a thought about our elderly neighbor who has no family close by and sits home alone and lonely on that holiday? When we give our thanks, do we include the thanks for the ability to see the needs that other less fortunate people have and the ability to make a difference (even if only for a short moment) in that persons life? When you see that homeless person on the side of the road or standing out in the cold, has it occurred to you that even a warm cup of coffee and a kind word would go a long ways toward making that persons life a little better if even for a short moment? Can you find it in your heart this year to take a moment (and possibly that second piece of pie you had your heart set on) and give a little something to another less blessed member of our society? Many of these people would actually be happy to just hear a kind word of encouragement from you, can you afford to spare that small act on this day? I suppose my whole purpose of writing these few words is to encourage you to take a moment of your time and a small portion of that you have been blessed with and share that will someone who really needs a little help to get thru the rough spots that they are in! If you give from the heart and expect nothing in return, you will find more peace in life than you could even imagine! May all of you here on the Vine have a safe and happy holiday!
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