It was Thanksgiving morning and my kids and I had just come from a workout in a local park. It was one of those cold fall days that was perfect for Thanksgiving morning. Having burned multiple calories, we decided to stop at Starbucks on the way home. My daughter and I went to pick up the mobile order, and while we were waiting, a man named John came in, ordered his drink, and then paid an additional $100 to buy drinks for any customer coming in after him. As he put it, “I just want to give thanks for having a blessed life and living in such a great country.” The Starbucks employee was blown away and was very thankful this person would do this. As I saw this and thought about the employee’s reaction, I had two thoughts. The first was one of gratitude and helped me reflect on my life. The second was more of disappointment as not too many people do this.
As we are now approaching Christmas and the holiday season, we have an opportunity to reflect on the past year and think about what we are grateful for. In my case, I am grateful for my family, health, and my overall life. However, when I really think about it, I am grateful for my faith in God and in the country we live in. I realize that without faith in God and your fellow man, you will have a big void in your life. I see so many people get consumed by social media with it’s expectations and negativity that they become angry in their everyday life. I would ask that you take time to reflect, resolve to spend less time on your devices, and give back to your fellow man. Go perform a simple kind gesture for someone. Whether it’s giving $100 at Starbucks or helping an older person with their groceries; it’s the little things that count. We live in a time that most of us don’t want for food, shelter, or clothes, and we are safer today than at any time in the history of the world. That is enough to be grateful for. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year.