It's that time again, when lists are made, advertisements are studied, online searches completed and strategic plans equal to military operations are set into motion. All done in the hopes of getting our Christmas shopping done in an efficient and timely fashion.
But sometimes in the midst of all the mayhem we lose sight of a truth that adds so much to our lives.
A giving heart is a happy heart.
It simply feels good to do something nice for someone else.
This truth was brought home to me last weekend while catching up with one of my favorite fifteen year olds, Sierra Miller. She excitedly told me about her new project.
Warmth from the Heart, a Blanket Drive
Wanting to share the warmth and security a snuggly blanket can offer, she set about collecting new and gently used blankets to distribute to those in need.
In her first month she has already distributed over 50 blankets to area soup kitchens and shelters.
It is not a part of a school or group project, simply one person who has learned the joy of a caring heart. I couldn't be prouder of her.
If you'd like to help Sierra spread the warmth
this winter, simply drop off new or gently used blankets at FOUND.
We'll see that she gets them.
If you know of a local charity that would welcome her blankets, let me know.
Leave it to William Shakespeare to put the sentiment most eloquently.
With the exception of these fellows, we all have much to be thankful for. Family, health, community and so much more.
As I was leaving the mayhem at the market this morning, it struck me what an extraordinary country we live in. Although a few other countries have days of thanksgiving, none rise to the level of national importance as our celebration of gratitude.
Well done us.
So in the words of the great .....
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others" - Marcus Tullius Cicero
and the good ......
Enjoy this special day.
Counting my blessings
I am thankful for many many things in my personal life.
My professional life has been blessed as well. How lucky am I to be able to do what I love for a living.
Owning a small business takes a leap of faith and the support of many people, none the least are you, my clients and friends.
As a Thank You for your support, we're celebrating in the shop this Saturday with refreshments, special products and a small take away token of our appreciation.
I hope to see you.