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During the holidays we should participate in random acts of kindness

By Mark Stinson
Posted Monday, November 20, 2006

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Siler City, NC - I haven’t been online much lately due to a number of factors. A few weeks back I was yapping with a friend about cars in the shop and managed to have a steel crankshaft fall on my left foot. That put me on crutches or a cane for the last few weeks and then my kids came home with the bug.

It never fails to amaze me how fast kids get sick then recover. They always bring the new bug home and give it to you just as they get better. The older ones here at home always have a fit shaking the bug as I did. I managed to feel almost human in the last few days.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it snuck up on me this year. I must admit I love Christmas music and the decorations but I can’t get into it till I have had my turkey leg. I feel this is the beginning of the holiday season. It starts with Halloween and ends with New Years for me. I have always enjoyed the holidays and now with kids it’s much more fun. Even though money is always a problem it’s easy to focus on the kids. They get so much out of the holidays and give much more in return. I am starting on the yearly hunt for Christmas for the kids. The money is always a pain but the hunt for the right gift is a real adventure.

I am thankful that I am still able to struggle and hang on. I have seen others pass in the last few years and my kids still have me and I have them. I am thankful crankshafts can only do so much damage since I am walking almost normally again. I am thankful for Tylenol cold formula and mentholatum. I am thankful we have a place to call home. I could go on but you get the point. It’s the attitude of gratitude that everyone needs this time of year. It’s important to remember the good things when surrounded by so many bad things.

I had a friend do something the other day that makes a good point.

She was in line at Mc Donald’s and noticed an older lady behind her fiddling to get enough money to buy her and granddaughter a meal. She left a $20 bill with the cashier to pay for that lady's food and told the cashier not to mention where it came from. She walked away and saw the woman’s reaction across the room and then left. It’s a little thing, but could you imagine how much it meant to that lady.

During the holidays we should participate in random acts of kindness. We should do the kind of things that happen for no reason for people just to make them smile. It gives you far more joy in return if the people benefiting from your kindness have no idea where it came from. When you do something anonymously its not about you, it’s about them and the blessing they receive.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this week. When you’re sitting around with full tummies remember those who aren’t as fortunate and do something about it.

Happy Thanksgiving and Goodnite.

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