There are many times in our life we ask for more, more clothes, more food, more time to rest. Yet, we rarely sit back and be thankful for the things we have in life. I know one of the things that I wanted to do this summer was work on my positive attitude and be more grateful. There are so many things in the world that I should be thankful for but sometimes the what if's and if only's cloud my judgement.
That is why I purely enjoyed this new Kate Spade Challenge, which was reward a good deed. I came across Open Hands a couple months ago and I have been dedicated to working with them throughout my Chicago community.
According to the CCH, families made up half of Chicago's homeless population, including more than 48,000 homeless children with parents and another 12,000 people younger than 21 without parents or guardians. The CCH estimates there are more than 64,000 homeless adults, about 46 percent of the total homeless population.
While feeding the homeless yesterday I met so many mothers with their children. It broke my heart to see young babies walking around with nothing but the clothes on their back and hunger in their bellies. Yet, despite all odds these were some of the most thankful and happiest people I have ever met.
I couldn't seem to grasp how someone who seems to have nothing could be so elated. Therefore, I asked the woman
'what keeps you moving every day'.
She simply stated "that I'm alive."
That statement resonated with me and it all comes back to being thankful, for the small things that we have in life. I was so very happy to hand out free food, clothes, and blankets to these people, because at the end of the day we are all people. We must stand together and hopefully, slowly, we can make this world a better place.
Until next time, happy Monday, may your week be short, and your weekends gargantuan!