Leading up to Thanksgiving, each day I will blog about what I’m doing to be more grateful. I invite you to join me in a Month of Thanksgiving, and to share your thoughts, observations, suggestions and ideas.
Day 32 — the final day: For every comment of Thanksgiving, I will make a $1 donation to Feeding America
Lots of us will eat so much today that we’ll very nearly burst. Too much stuffing, one more slice of pumpkin pie. We’ll waddle to the couch and groan about our gluttony.
To remind us what a blessing it is to have enough to eat, here’s my challenge: for every comment on this blog post today about something you’re grateful for, I will donate $1 to Feeding America.
Their Web site says:
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Gail Godwin asked people to tweet about why they’re grateful and she got about 100 responses.
She posted them on her Inspire Me Today blog — click here to read them. She also notes some trends in the gratitude:
Over 50% of those who responded were grateful for the people in their lives- the relationships with friends and family. Nearly 20% expressed thanks for being alive and their connection to God/the Universe. Possibility, opportunity and good health were mentioned in 15% of the responses.
But what stood out to me more than what people said, is what they didn’t say. Where’s the big house and the fancy car? Where’s the 6-figure a year job? Where’s the big bank account? Less than 3% of the responses included anything related to job, work or money, yet we focus much more than 3% of our time and energy in this area!
I will be curious to see if those same trends hold here.
Need some ideas about what to give thanks for? In the past month, I’ve given thanks for my husband, my family and friends. I’ve given thanks for simple pleasures like watching dogs play at the park, I’ve given thanks for my life’s regrets because of the lessons they’ve taught me, and I’ve even tried to give thanks for the things I hate and the things I want, because of the blessings hidden in those feelings.
You can read the whole Month of Thanksgiving, or just skim it for inspiration, by clicking here.
Once you’ve got an idea or three, leave a comment below answering this question: What are you grateful for and why?
I will count the comments and for each one made by midnight Thursday, I will donate $1 to help feed America’s hungry, up to $1,000.