In the shadow of the Paris terrorist attacks, many gathered across the nation to honor generous volunteers, philanthropist, companies, and fundraisers at National Philanthropy Day. These generous honorees have helped thousands of people in need in their communities and across the world.
They are givers. Giving the time, treasure, and talent to help others with a hand up. From children who receive food for the weekend to those who are grieving the loss of a parent; from victims of rape to builders of communities; from those who can’t remember yesterday to those who help us remember the good in our communities; we gather each year to thank and honor their generosity.
They are helpers. It is people and organizations, like those recognized at National Philanthropy Day, who have helped the oppressed, the discarded, and the forgotten members of our society.
They are grateful. Generous people do not have room in their hearts for fear, hostility, anger, greed, selfishness, or malice because their heart is full of gratitude. A heart full of gratitude has no room for negativity—the two cannot occupy the same space.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
As threats of terror continue to fill the headlines, do not let the vortex of fear and insecurity suck you into darkness. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting thoughts and people. Avoid the debates and live out your beliefs through your actions. Light the candle that brings light and love into the world.
Reach out to someone with a gracious act. It is the best thing you can do for yourself and others. It’s what Jesus, Muhammad, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, or any other generous person would do. In the words of the great philanthropist, Sir John Templeton, “To overcome fear, the best thing is to be overwhelmingly grateful.”
For the next 21 days, on the 21 Reasons to Say Thank You Facebook page I will be sharing one act of gratitude that will bring more joy to your life. I hope you’ll join me and share some of your actions.
“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Apostle Paul. A.D. 49 (Galatians 5:22-23)
LaDonna Greiner is a writer, life-long student of gratitude, and the founder of the Gratitude Is Great movement. Her book series, 21 Reasons to Say Thank You, provides various audiences with the tools and practical guidance needed to help them express gratitude and appreciation to others through handwritten notes and other activities. Learn more at www.21ReasonsToSayThank You.com.
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