What do you have to be thankful for this Thanksgving, 2013?
That’s the question I usually ask whomever I’m sitting with for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. And the answers are usually interesting and thoughtful, sometimes insightful.
So my message today, Thanksgiving of November 28, 2013, is to continue to practice an “attitude of gratitude” almost every day for whatever you have in terms of family, a partner, children, a job, fun activities and friends, a nice home or neighborhood, etc.
And remember to be grateful for our freedom to openly practice our own religion, or have all these material things (such as food) in America, in a safe, civil society. I’ve also lived abroad in England and Japan, but am happy to live here in Arizona in the 21st Century.
Recently listened to Dr. Robert Ojeda, Vice Pres. of the Community Food Resource Center at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona speak about food insecurity for 200,000 people in Tucson. Go online to www.communityfoodbank.com to see how you can help with their numerous programs, such as the Federal Food Box program, home & school gardening, the Urban Community Farm, the Youth Farm Project, etc. I volunteered for five years with the food box program so I observed the need of these families first hand.
And if you want to help the Community Food Bank by dancing, here’s a fun event on November 30 at La Encantada: http://tucsoncitizen.com/karynzoldan/2013/11/27/tucson-dance-walk-for-the-food-bank/
At Thanksgiving when I have a pleasant, large meal to eat, I wonder about those who aren’t as lucky as me. Let us give thanks on this Thanksgiving holiday.