Breaking Bread and Being Thankful for the Opportunity
Posted by PintofStout on November 20, 2006
I love this time of year. The changing season makes it comfortably cold to be outside. Along with the sights, smells and sounds of autumn, the weather makes it easy and comfortable to snuggle up with a warm beverage or perhaps a warm body. This season also means Thanksgiving is nigh.
Of all the holidays, I do particularly enjoy Thanksgiving. All the rushing obligation and façade of Christmas is absent and people are free to relax and simply feast with friends and family. There are no gifts to buy and the pressure to be in three places at once is generally less for this laid back day of thanks.
In all of our feasting and thankfulness, which the Wine Commonsewer writes quite eloquently about, let’s not forget that at least some part of our good fortunes can be attributed to chance and luck. Maybe much of our good fortune can be attributed to some benevolent deed of someone else. Not everybody has been on the same side of luck as we have, though. It would be a great opportunity this week to be the benevolent actor on somebody else’s behalf.
My wife and I usually send some money to the Rescue Mission in our area (a little cash feeds quite a few people). If there’s a food bank in the area, they may need donations of food or cash or volunteer time. A benevolent act could be doing something for a family member to make things easier for them. This Thanksgiving remember what you can be thankful for and try to give somebody else something to be thankful for.