During this season of thanksgiving we are reminded that there are always plenty of things for which we should feel gratitude, regardless of our present challenges. Sometimes all that is needed to feel better about ourselves and our circumstances is to pause and give thanks for that which we already have. Commonly-expressed thanksgiving sentiments include:
- Career successes
- Educational opportunities
For many of us these things are fundamental to our daily happiness. They typically require some upkeep and attention. Certainly they are worthy of our best efforts. They are also often subject to forces outside of our control. Challenges in any one of these arenas will often cause us a measure of stress or heartache.
Something to think about
Do we take for granted anything even more fundamental to our daily happiness than the things mentioned above? For example, how often do we feel gratitude for the ability to see? How often do we feel gratitude for the ability to smile or talk? How often do we feel gratitude for the ability to walk? We often only feel gratitude for these types of things when we encounter someone that endures life without them.
Too many people around the world endure a life handicapped by the absence of one of these fundamental abilities. For some, it may be the result of an injury or an incurable condition. For many, however, it can be restored with a relatively simple medical procedure . . . a procedure they have no way to afford.
I am grateful for the men, women and organizations that participate in Utu Humanitarian Alliance. On behalf of the thousands of souls that have been lifted through your participation, thank you. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your humanity.