For those of you living in the US, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and were able to take a few minutes out of your holiday to reflect on all the blessings in your life! I am so thankful for wonderful, charitable friends and a healthy, happy family. I don't think I could ask for better blessings this holiday season!
For my Living My Five post this week, I wanted to share one Five in particular that has been keeping me busy (in the very best of ways).
Pay it Forward
One of my New Years Resolutions for 2010 is to clean out my house, working through it room by room, and donate anything that I no longer need, or never really needed in the first place. I got a jump-start on this resolution during the month of November, have been busy going through my personal belongings and finding items to donate. This past weekend, my family and I made a trip to Goodwill and donated handbags, toys, clothes, coats and bedding. My youngest son had a hard time saying goodbye to a few of his long lost baby toys, but all in all, my family and I felt good about knowing we're doing our part to help our community, especially as winter approaches. I really do live in a wonderful community, a place I feel safe and happy raising my kids, and it feels wonderful to give back.
Charity, gratitude and the spirit of giving are things I've worked hard to instill in my children, but I often wonder if they hear me, or even notice the example I'm trying to set. Today in my son's Sunday School class, his teacher was teaching the children about the power of giving. In her object lesson, she gave each child the choice between using a pretend dollar bill to buy candy, or to buy food to give to needy families. Some of the children in the class said, "But it's only a dollar. It's better to buy the candy, because the amount of food we could buy with a dollar wouldn't be enough to make a difference."
How many times have I said those same words to myself - I'm only one person. How can I make a difference? Or - It's better to buy something now that will instantly reward my family, since I can't change the world. When I found out that my son was the one boy in the class who opted to donate food and forgo candy, I can't tell you how my heart sang. I know the example we're setting can motivate people all over the globe to make our world a better place.
I'm so thankful to be a part of Living Your Five. I'm grateful I'm changing who I am and how I think. Small and simple acts can have extraordinary results.
What about you? Are you Living Your Five?
Happy World Changing!