This time of year, many people around the world are giving thanks for the blessings in their lives. Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the U.S. and Canada. And, during the Christmas season worldwide, people also traditionally express appreciation for good fortune by giving gifts to loved ones.
Giving thanks is a personal expression and varies from individual to individual. Some people choose to give back by donating time at soup kitchens, or via money through charity organizations.
Other people take their gifts to the street, quite literally, to capture the plight of the homeless during the holiday season.
For instead of judgment, why not give homeless people compassion? After all, we do not know their individual story that has led to their current condition. Today, many people judge the homeless as having “chosen” their circumstance as a result of drug or alcohol use or laziness. But many of these people have served their country as veterans, are victims of mental illness or abuse, or simply have fallen on hard times that have nothing to do with their own personal decisions.
The next time you see a homeless person on the side of the road, don’t ask yourself what they have done to put them in that situation. Instead, consider what our society has failed to do – whether by providing adequate health care, etc. If you worry about handing out money that may encourage drug abuse, why not consider other ways to help needy people?
After all, that is the spirit of Thanksgiving.
The video below shows how little some people have, and hopefully will encourage you to give more, or at least give thanks for the gifts we have.