As a society, we automatically associate the month of November with THANKS and Thanksgiving. Out with the pumpkins, and in with Thanksgiving preparations, Black Friday, Christmas trees, and holiday lists. But just because we associate a theme or word with a given month, doesn’t mean we are really taking the time to reflect and experience ‘thankfulness.’
Let’s be honest, there are seasons of life when we dwell more on what’s wrong in our society, instead of what is right. Increasingly, it's hard to find a positive story that takes the spotlight on the news or social media. Dwelling in this state makes it difficult to see that there are still things to be thankful for.
We live in a day and age with growing boundaries around healthcare, increasingly loud political noise, differing views, natural disasters, financial worry, health troubles and more. Not to mention that if we could just slow down the rat race and turn off the phones… well, there’d be a world of possibilities, wouldn’t there?
There is much to be thankful for – individually and collectively. Not only that, but the month of Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to not just be thankful, but to share a GIVING sprit and spread peace and love, which SHOULD last 12 months out of the year.
As an organization, the Y is thankful for many things. Some include:
- Members – We love our members and it brings us joy to see you engage with each other in our facility and in the community. Whether your goal is healthy living or social engagement, we’re thankful you’ve chosen the YMCA.
- Changed Lives – Whether by our feeding programs, YMCA Y-CAP, scholarship individuals, or any other of the countless programs we offer; the Y is thankful to have the opportunity to further its mission in the community. Because we see individuals, families, and communities changed through our programs, we know that no matter what boundaries society places on people, hope and change are possible.
- Our Youth – The development of children entrusted in our care is at the core of what we do. And we are thankful to be an engaged part of their lives – through child watch, day camp, YMCA Camp Ocoee, Teen Programs, YMCA-YCAP, Parent’s Night Out, and more, we want to prepare our youth to conquer the world and be the best they can be.
This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to find a Thankful spirit… and then share peace. As we enter this season of giving and thanks, find a way to enrich your own life by giving to another. Whether that’s through a food drive, a church organization, Giving Tuesday, angel tree, Operation Christmas Child, or a host of other opportunities (many of which we’ll be telling you about or you’ll see in our branches).
By doing this, you might be surprised that the changed life could also be your own…and you will be making the Y and our community stronger.