For each new morning with it’s light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food
For love and friends
For everything thy goodness sends.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week most of us will pause to give thanks for the things we have in our lives. Often however, we get caught up in the busyness of life and it takes a dedicated holiday for us to stop long enough to think about the things we take for granted.
After visiting Ghana, many will tell you that it is hard to find perspective in a first world country knowing what the Touch A Life children have endured in their past. Do I really need that $5 coffee each morning, to have a new car every three years, wear the best designer clothes, and throw the most lavish parties to celebrate life?
Don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with these things; I am merely stating that we should not just be thankful for the best of the best in our lives but the things we too often take for granted. The simple things like a new day, a place to lie down at night, a roof over our heads, food, access to medical treatment, friends and family, and all the rest.
You see, the children of Touch A Life showed me that it doesn’t take the riches of the world to find true joy and happiness. A grateful heart finds joy in freedom. Freedom that allows them to learn, grow, and to let others love them and help them heal. It’s the freedom that recuses them from their pasts and renews them to change and restore their world. Each of you that give to Touch A Life are an important part of that Thanks”giving” story.
Today I give thanks for my trip this year to Ghana and the firsthand experiences from Touch A Life that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am forever changed by these amazing children who truly understand what it means to be thankful.
Rob, marketing partner with The High Road Agency
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