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Be the Light this Thanksgiving

“In the midst of darkness, light persists.” — Mahatma Gandhi

These days, when I speak to others, I often find there is resistance to all that is dark: the rainy days, snowstorms, sadness, and bad news, to name a few. I would like to suggest that in the darkness, there is light.

There is beauty in the cold weather; as we nestle comfortably indoors, we have more time to reflect. When we are sad, it is a sure sign that something needs to be addressed in our lives, whether that be our environment or our personal matters. And bad news empowers us, asking what we can do to help.

In all these moments in time, there is a silver lining; everything is temporary, and having varied experiences allows us to truly appreciate what we have, including the good times.

We cannot taste the sweetness of life without first understanding its bitterness. Going into this Thanksgiving, we can employ these ideas by being truly grateful for every moment, relishing the delicious flavors of a home-cooked meal, the warmth of a cozy home, and even the heated debates with fellow family members.

Enjoy each moment of this holiday, for life is short, and we must take every opportunity to live fully.

That said, there are so many people who will not and have not enjoyed a home-cooked meal in a long time. These people are all around us in the beautiful country of the U.S.A. and abroad. What better way to give thanks than to share with those who have less?

Consider giving to one of LIFE’s many projects that will, with the most efficiency and efficacy, distribute your contributions to people in need this Thanksgiving.

Share your joy, warmth, and dreams of Turkey with others, and you may just find that your happiness grows and expands.

Your light is powerful amidst so much darkness in the world. So, share your light with those around you.

“It only takes one candle to light up the darkness.” - Unknown


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