The Beauty of … Giving

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on the quickly approaching holiday season. The to-do lists are filling, at least mine is, with baking, shopping, and scheduling time to see my nearest and dearest family and friends.

Over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, I was reminiscing about the holiday seasons that meant the most to me. The ones that became the stories we tell our children and grandchildren. The ones that will be spoken of for generations.

What I came to realize is, with a few exceptions, many of my favorite memories are the ones where my family and I gave to others. The times where we helped someone less fortunate than ourselves.

As a family, we collected food for local food banks, provided gifts through Angel Tree or the Marine’s Toys-For-Tots, or baked cookies for our neighbors and friends. These activities brought joy to others as well as ourselves for being able to help them.

So this year, I hope we all take a few minutes to think about what we can do to give back to others who may not be as fortunate as we are. Whether your act of kindness is big or small, helping others will bring you joy.

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season.

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The Beauty of … Holiday Time

Here we are, in the month of November, and it’s almost time to welcome a new year. The busy times we face at the end of the year are arriving quickly—the full schedules, the special meals, the thoughtful gifts.

Along with the hustle and bustle are the family times. These are the times to reconnect through traditions and celebrations. These are the moments that create memories, and perhaps stories for generations.

Whether it is the marathon game session, caroling through the neighborhood, or making gift baskets for those in need, let’s enjoy creating these memories. The gifts we give and receive are not what makes our holidays wonderful—it’s the cherished experiences we share with those we love.

What do you do with your family and friends to create a special holiday?

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The Beauty of … Nature @josieriviera, #mgtab

I love this time of year. The earth is emerging warm and bright after winter. Only a couple weeks ago, the trees in my yard were brown and leafless. Now there’s a wide variety of green shades, and far too many to count.

The breeze is warm and the days are longer. The sweet smell of fresh-cut grass fills the air.

Also, many familiar creatures have returned to frequent my yard. Just this week I have seen dozens of different birds at their feeders or lining the deck rails waiting for their turn.

Bumblebees and butterflies are gracing us with their presence too.

I love to explore nature and enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural habitats.

Do you have a favorite experience with nature? Please share in the comment below.

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The Beauty of … Hope @josieriviera, #mgtab

Spring is a time for renewal, a time for hope. I am sure I am not alone in having never expected this pandemic to go on for such a long time, or to face so many of the other ‘unprecedented’ events that we faced in 2020.

In all of this though, I see hope.

Hope that this vaccine will provide us a level of safety from COVID-19.

Hope that we will seek to understand our fellow man on a deeper level.

Hope that the world will explore solutions to these unbelievable natural disasters.

Hope that we can listen and try to understand our fellow humans.

Hope that we can be compassionate to those who may not be as fortunate as we are.

Hope that we can bring the best of ourselves to face the worst of what has happened. Together we can bring hope to brighten our world.

What are your hopes? Please leave your comments below.

Here’s to us and our brighter future!

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