We're Thankful for You

posted on Mon, Nov 25 2013 3:00 pm by Mary Smith

The holiday season is upon us, beginning with the uniquely American event of Thanksgiving. In the rush to get to the December holidays, we sometimes overlook the simplicity and grace of Thanksgiving. It is a time to reflect on life and to express gratitude for the good things in it.

Gratitude is recognizing those who are important to you and who do good things. United Way community partners are richer for the thousands of volunteer hours they receive via Caring Connection. How is your life richer for the presence of those who have a positive impact?

Gratitude helps us to appreciate the good in the bad; to reframe our problems as challenges. When you do this, isn’t a positive outcome more likely—even if that outcome is simply the opportunity to learn from your mistakes? Those who are served by United Way community partners have a host of problems—fundamental, intertwined, messy problems. With your help, those problems become opportunities to grow and to live a better life. The work of our community partners would not be possible without your support of United Way. We Are Thankful

Gratitude means that we can maintain perspective about what’s really important. Our lives are so busy. Busyness becomes a badge of honor that obscures appreciation. We take time on Thanksgiving Day to acknowledge those things often taken for granted: family, friends, health, education, food and warm shelter. I think donors and volunteers honor the concept of Thanksgiving more often than just once a year. These acts allow us to be grateful - not only for that which we have - but to appreciate those whose work in the community brings hope to lives far more challenged than our own. You can’t always see it, but when you contribute to United Way, gratitude is seen and felt every day of the year by those who lack the things we often take for granted.

Gratitude reminds us to say “thank you.” Thank you for the difference you make in our community. Happy Thanksgiving!

The artwork in this post was created by Heather Tubwon, student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Thanks Heather and MCAD!

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