As I write this blog, I’m thinking of significant events coming in November.
On November 8, 2022, The U.S. will hold mid-term elections. As has become the standard for elections, there is a great deal of divisiveness. There is finger pointing and nasty accusations. The big topic this year centers around decades of high inflation. Some are unhappy with how the cost of essentials has skyrocketed. Others, however, are in favor of it. Many other issues will cause shouting matches as well. I will vote and accept the results. In the words of Forrest Gump, “and that’s all I have to say about that.”
The next big event is my favorite Holiday, Thanksgiving.
Giving thanks for what we have is the right thing to do. Giving thanks and being truly grateful is important. What is also important is sharing what we have and doing so with joy. Sharing what we have is really an investment in others.
I belong to a community group that is made up of some like-minded (politically) as well as not-so-like-minded people. Somehow, despite differences in that area, we get things done. What we have found is this: We are better together. As I heard in a recent sermon, “you can’t spell community without unity.”
I am the first to admit that I have strong opinions and am not afraid to share them if asked (and sometimes, if I’m not asked.) Beyond opinions on how “THEY” should do it is the way, WE should do it. Opportunity is everywhere.
Recently Hurricane Ian visited Florida.
Some received little damage, while others lost their homes entirely. Even worse was the loss of human life associated with the storm. It was crazy to see people using a storm as a political weapon. The counter to the whiners are people who saw the storm as an opportunity to help in real tangible ways.
Grace Church in Cape Coral hosted volunteers, providing a place to sleep as well as providing meals. People from Florida and other states sent volunteers, equipment, and even trailers with showers to the area. This is one example of the incredible efforts on display following Hurricane Ian.
This Thanksgiving, spend time in conversation with those celebrating with you. Every time you hear “they” should do this or “they” should do that, make sure you include yourself in the “they” group.
Social media can be a great place to keep up with friends, and it can also be a place to complain bitterly while offering nothing of value.
As we move into the holiday season and quickly into the new year, keep in mind, we are better together. Face-to-face is better than that other face place. Meet up instead of Meta. Get your head out of your apps and demonstrate your gratitude in making a difference by investing in people.
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