thanksgiving

The Importance of Giving

The Importance of Giving 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

When we’re young, we all we’re taught to share. We shared our toys, markers, little brothers, etc. But what about giving? The holiday season should serve as a reminder of just how fortunate we are and how much we can give to others. When you learn the importance of giving, your life will be changed forever. Here are just a few reasons why giving is so important.

–          You’re making a difference in someone’s life

First and foremost, you’re showing someone or something that you care and that their needs are important to you. Whether you’re volunteering at an animal hospital, cleaning up a park or giving your time to a nursing home, you’re leaving that area better than you found it. Time is an easy thing to spend on a person or place in need.

–          When you give,  you inspire others to give

Have you ever watched someone give or had someone give to you and you immediately felt the need to pass on that same charity? That’s the idea behind “paying it forward.” The best way to get others on their feet and helping their community is to show them how it’s done.

–          It just feels good

Lastly, giving to others just plain feels good. The sense of accomplishment and the feeling one gets after helping others is indescribable. It’s a good feeling putting another’s needs before your own, and it’s something that you can’t buy at a department store on Black Friday.

Be Thankful

Be Thankful 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

It’s the time of year that we are reminded most to give thanks and be thankful for everything that we have – the blessings, the people, the food, the challenges, the achievements. Thanksgiving allows us to come together with friends and family and celebrate all of the great things in life. We eat the best food we’ve had all year. We enjoy great company. We get to reunite with family and friends we haven’t seen since the previous holiday season. We have the whole weekend to watch some great football match-ups. We have the opportunity to recognize the gifts we have been given and be thankful.

With all of those things in mind, it is important to remember to make Thanksgiving a daily mindset. Give thanks for all that you have every day. It is always wonderful to annually celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November, but don’t let that be your only celebration of thanks. Be thankful every single day. You have so much to be thankful for, regardless of your situation. We have all been blessed with family, friends and our own form of “riches” (not in a monetary sense, but riches that are self-defined – the things that each day you live a better day).

Be thankful for your daily riches – it may be your morning coffee, blessings from above, nature’s landscapes, a phone call from a friend, a great sports game, a hug from a family member. Whatever it may be – remember to be thankful for the things that you have. If you are paying too much attention to what you don’t have, you’ll forget all of the things you have for which to be thankful.

Enjoy the holiday, embrace the family time, and continue the spirit of Thanksgiving on a daily basis!

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