Day 114: Take things for granted
December 26, 2010 § 1 Comment
During the holiday season I tend to take my good fortune for granted. I have loving friends and relatives with whom I can spend the holidays, and we can afford to buy each other nice things. When I was younger, Christmas was about the gifts. Now that I’m older, I am more excited to watch people open the things I have gotten for them. While I may be making progress, I think I am still missing the big picture.
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
That’s what the angel Clarence tells George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” to help him realize how significantly he has touched the lives of others. It seems to me that Christmas is about taking notice of your good privilege and recognizing that not everyone is so lucky.
Tonight I donated 50 dollars to the Portland Rescue Mission in remembrance of my great-grandma Mary Jane, who always put others before herself, whether it was transcribing books into braille for the blind or providing refuge for draft-dodgers during the Vietnam War. Here is to remembering that you don’t have to be in the limelight in order to be a hero.
I know 50 dollars isn’t a lot, but it is enough to buy a week of shelter for a man, woman or child in the Portland area affected by homelessness, addiction, hunger or abuse. Someone who did not have the wonderful Christmas I did.
I encourage you to think about everything good in your life and take a few seconds to appreciate the fact that you have these good things to think about. Merry Christmas everyone.