‘Tis the Season for Gratitude and Generosity

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Dear Readers,

You visit this blog from different countries and continents, and I thank you. No matter where we are, holidays and celebrations bring people together, and also remind us that there are some who are less fortunate now and year round.

Last night I helped a friend decorate his Christmas tree. After we’d carefully positioned colorful lights and hung delicate ornaments, we sat and wondered how many people wished they had a tree, or a string of lights, or a coat, or a hot meal, or a smile.

While some are shopping for bargains at the stores, others are wondering where they’ll find their next meal or a roof over their heads for the night. Some people recently lost their jobs; some may be out of work for months or longer.

New York State’s project — building a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge — is providing jobs for thousands of people.

From time to time I write about my dad, who passed away nearly one year ago. It’s been difficult to touch his belongings, although I wear some of his sweaters, and his cologne, from time to time. I commit to donating some of his clothes and his warm coat. A regular blood donor, I’ve been turned away several times due to low iron count. Maybe next time I’ll pass.

Holidays highlight those in need, a need that sometimes continues year round. I’m grateful and give back by doing neighbors’ grocery shopping, babysitting for free, running errands for those who are unable to get out, buying toys for kids, helping at food drives, working in a soup kitchen.

Each of us has something to offer: a smile, a hello, checking on a neighbor who is alone, time and attention to those who need it most and hesitate to ask.

Mom had knee surgery this past summer and was in rehab for five weeks. When I visited her, I saw several people there who were alone without nearby family or friends to visit and spent a few minutes with them as well.

How often do we pass someone who might benefit from a smile? Let’s open our hearts this holiday season — no matter which you embrace — and continue throughout the year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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