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Be Thankful

Black realist painter Henry Ossawa Tanner's(1859-1937) "Thanksgiving poor"

 By Shon Lomax

Instead of focusing on what we don’t have let’s take a moment to be grateful for what we do have. There are so many hungry and destitute people in the world that could use our time and prayers.

So if you have a moment, clean out your cupboards and drop off canned goods and other nonperishable items at local food banks. Volunteer to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving day. Pick up the phone and call that friend or family member you may be feuding with and tell them that you are grateful for your relationship.

If you can’t make it home for the holidays to celebrate with friends and loved ones, that’s okay too. Start a new tradition. Invite a coworker over for dinner. Or maybe meet up for a movie later. Sometimes the company of others is the perfect remedy for any underlining holiday blues.

Most importantly remind yourself of the simpler things in life we tend to overlook in our race against time. Do I have food to eat? Clothes on my back? A roof over my head? Bills paid up? Well, we all know the answer to that last one. But we still can find a reason to be thankful in spite of that overdue light bill. If still in doubt, take a look in the mirror. You are here. That’s peace.

By Shon Lomax

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