Don’t hoard your blessings like an old miser

“The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.” Fred Rogers

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and sadly so many families will go without many of the trimmings that fill our holiday tables.

This self-serving behavior that our society seems to have adopted has got to stop.

The only way a positive change can begin is to learn the art of compassion – to look beyond our own needs and desires to help someone less fortunate than we are. To be grateful for all our blessings.

So maybe you have to skip your morning Starbucks for a week and instead buy a few canned goods for your local food pantry.

Maybe that’s the lesson here – to give up one of your extravagances for just a week and in turn spend that money to help out someone who simply cannot help themselves.

Many of us still have no idea what it truly means to struggle for the basic needs of life for we have so many blessings. But far too many, especially after hurricane Sandy, are all too familiar and could use our help this holiday season.