Keep being thankful...and do something.
I'm sorry I didn't start doing that 30 days of thankfulness thing with a lot of other people, I've got a lot to be thankful for. A loving and lovely wife, a great son, a good and challenging job w great coworkers, couple of pretty cool dogs and some social networks I'm pretty fond of (that means you guys).
I want folks to stop for a minute though to think about the things we don't even notice that other people are thankful for - if they have them.
Think about water. Often, it's just a side item - "you want water with that too?" - we hear that all the time. Imagine being thankful that you have access to clean water.
Imagine trying to do as good as you possibly can in school...all the while trying to ignore how hungry you are. Be thankful for food.
Imagine wondering if that pesky little mosquito bite you just got carries malaria. Be thankful to not live with that fear.
Have all your arms and legs? Be thankful you do - some people don't.
Now I'm not trying to be a downer and I'm not saying to not express gratitude for the things we do have but that's not sufficient is it? I am thankful for the things I have like water and food that give me a baseline, a foundation for my other hopes and dreams...and I want others to have that foundation. So I'm listing some of my favorite charities below. Some don't take a lot of money at all to help and some don't even require money to help.
On this day though, when we in the U.S. are celebrating what we have, let's all make an effort to spread those gifts to others. Thanks! :-)
People around the world spend 3 hours walking for water. Take 3 min to learn why from @charitywater. Video:
How's lunch? *> Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple game that increases your knowledge. http://freerice.com
Pledge to support Nothing But Nets & b part of the generation to end malaria deaths http://www.nothingbutnets.net >
Support the Wounded Warrior Project and help the largest generation of wounded service members in U.S. history
1 in 5 U.S. kids struggles w/ hunger. Together we can make #NoKidHungry a reality. Get involved http://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/overview
Rotary Clean Water for AIDS Campaign
Epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans. Support the Epilepsy Foundation-donate, walk share your stories
The USO Wishbook: recognize a special occasion while directly benefiting troops and their families"