This past weekend, most of spent our time with family indulging in some home cooked food. This would include Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie and all the trimmings….mmmmm (still thinking about it.).
During this time we expressed thanksgiving to the ones closest to us; for all the blessings that we have in our life. Some of us take it a step further and do some volunteering – whether it’s a food bank drive, or serving at a soup kitchen – trying to help those who are less fortunate.
This is all fantastic, spending quality time with family and volunteering are great ways to spend the long weekend. We want to encourage everyone to keep up this spirit of thanksgiving all year round. It seems like this world is spinning 100mph and in no way are we keeping up. We try, but the further we move forward, the further we fall behind.
In this busy world, it is important to “stop and smell the roses.” One way to keep our lives in perspective is to donate our time. As busy as our schedule may be, donating our time is a way to open our eyes to what is going on in the world, outside of our tiny bubble. There are many local and global initiatives that we can help support. Whether it’s the hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and other island destinations; or the heartbroken families in Las Vegas; there are always opportunities to help and support those in crisis. These devastation’s are absolutely terrible, and we need to be there for those who need our support. We also need to remember those who continue to suffer on a daily basis. For example: Families & communities in majority of Africa and other third world countries do not have access to clean drinking water. This is something that we take for granted, like the air we breathe.
Those are global scenarios that we can be a part of, and World Vision & Compassion are great international support systems. Please check out their sites to see what you can do to help these communities. You can sponsor children & build a relationship with these kids, donate money to fresh water wells, or you can send goats & cattle to help support communities.
There are just as many ways that we need to help locally as well. We have many kids in our cities who desperately need help and guidance. Sons & Daughters is a great place to help support local vulnerable children, by extending support to foster families who have opened their homes to children who urgently need a safe place to live. The Bridge on 20th in Saskatoon is also a great local organization that helps meet people’s immediate physical needs, but they also takes it a step further and try to help build relationships and provide some spiritual guidance and support as well.
We are a business that survives based on our communities supporting us, and we are extremely grateful for all your support. That is why we continue to try and give back to those in our community first. We are extremely fortunate to have such amazing clients, great co-workers and supportive communities that we live and work in. Again, we are extremely grateful for your continued support. We could not do it without you.
The world is moving fast, and it is very easy to look past the chaos around us. Let’s try and take some moments to stop and lend a hand to those who need it.