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Happiness comes with giving to others

DEAR EDITOR:

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, one may ask, “What is there to be thankful for?” There is so much mishap, so much hatred and lashing out against one another because of the color of their skin, religion, political party or even how one looks. Protests are everywhere for various things. COVID-19 seems as if it will never go away. Homelessness in some cities is prevalent. So what, indeed, should we be thankful for? Why should we?

Some people have chronic diseases. Some suffer from mental illness. Some suffer in silence. To the public they always wear a smile, yet they are tormented and hurt on the inside. So what is there to be thankful for?

If you wake up in the morning and see a new day, that is something to be thankful for. For so many, their bed was their “cooling board,” and they will never see a new day. You may not have the best clothes, the best food, the best car or a lot of money in your pockets — but you have some. That is a reason to be thankful.

Some of us have more than many, and if you would just help someone out in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. Don’t look down or judge people who have fallen on hard times. This could easily be you! This is a reason to be thankful.

There is always a bright side to things. Sometimes it takes a while to find it. In my humble opinion, even the most mean people have a little good in them. You just have to take the time to look.

If you are a parent, grandparent or a great-grandparent such as I and all of your children are healthy and in sound mind, that is something to be thankful for.

Take the time and examine your own life and see how, with the help of God, far you’ve come. And you will see and realize just how much you should be thankful for.

In my humble opinion, Thanksgiving is more than turkey and a great feast. It is more than watching a football game. It is being with our family, large or small. Thanksgiving is giving of ourselves who are less fortunate than us.

Thanksgiving is sharing a plate of food with the elderly who may be all alone.

Part of the word Thanksgiving is “giving.” I guarantee you will feel better if you do.

JENNIFER Y. WILLIAMS

Warren

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