Editorial: Show thanks through giving

Slowing down to be thankful for all the good in our lives is something far too often left out of our busy schedules.

This time of year we are best at being thankful, though, by reminding friends and family what they mean to us. We display our gratitude for the good things in life and the strength to manage the challenges and pitfalls during the holidays better than at any other time.

But it is important we do not stop with words of thanks, but mix in the deeds of giving that share our good fortune with others. We must remember that it is the giving spirit that best shows our thanks.

For most of us, our own struggles in life can seem monumental and burdensome, but how often do we stop to size those up against the struggles of others? That is the moment we can point to and say we should truly be thankful for all we have. As we sit down with loved ones and enjoy an abundant Thanksgiving meal, a day full of football and a day or two of maddening shopping, shouldn’t we slow down and consider those who may not have so much?

We tend to think about having more, rather than being thankful we do not have less. We rarely measure ourselves against those with less, instead looking up at those with more and feeling a touch of envy. Such comparisons make it difficult to remember how blessed we may be, even if it is with simple securities and comforts.

If we focus on those less fortunate, our own gripes seem petty and frivolous. We should give of ourselves – be it our time, money or talents – so we can experience the satisfaction of having done something selfless at the same time sharing our own blessings with others.

During this holiday season, look for ways to give of yourself to others in our community.

If you know of an opportunity to give, share it with others and with The Mexia News staff so we can share it with others and bring all the blessings and talents of our community together for the benefit of all.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Mexia News.