as this holiday season winds down, i wanted to take a moment to talk about how thankful i am for all of the wonderful parts of my life that help me to wake up with a smile in the morning. i am writing to remind everyone that while there are undoubtedly frustrating parts of the holidays, whether it be the family member you have to see that you don't get along with, or maybe it's the gift you wanted but didn't receive, or perhaps it's the 2011 new years resolution that was never accomplished, whatever it may be, this is not the time to focus on what we have lost, but instead a time to focus on all the things that enrich our lives. the next time you are faced with a challenge this holiday season, i invite you to think of just one thing or one person you feel fortunate for in your life. then i want you to think about someone out there that has gone through a recent loss and will have a void in their holidays this season. be thankful for what you have and try to make the best of every situation.
perhaps instead of going out to eat one night, you can help out a recent widow who is struggling to pay their bills and donate to the Liz Logelin Foundation. or maybe you are an animal lover like me, and then i advise you to donate to your local animal shelter. even if you buy a bag of dog food to donate, it's the small steps that make the big difference. almost all animal shelters have a list of items they need year round. there are many families that cannot afford dinner and will have empty plates this holiday season, so please think of places like the Los Angeles Mission, where just $38.57 can help to feed 19 people.
if you don't have money to donate this year, then volunteer your time if you can. i have had many rewarding experiences through volunteer work. i also want to mention that i received a gift last year that a donation had been made in my name to an animal shelter, which truly touched me, and for all of you last minute shoppers out there, this is a wonderful gift idea.
happy holidays everyone :)