By Jean Klein.
A few weeks ago I was involved in a conversation about challenge. I was quick to say I don’t feel the need to be in competition with anyone. I later realized I was wrong. I need to challenge myself everyday to be the best person I can be. To love, care, and respect everyone. To be gentle, and kind.
So one of my challenges to myself this Thanksgiving is this: To contact family and friends that I will not be able to see for the holiday by phone. To TALK to them, to tell them you love you. To LISTEN to them. To hear their voices.
While I understand social media and text has its pros and cons I believe we have forgotten what it is like to speak to each other and listen. We, myself included are to quick to message someone, post something on their wall, or tweet. Or, just send a quick text.
I want to challenge everyone to take a few minutes this Thanksgiving to pick up your phone, not to post, tweet, or text, but to CALL someone. Call your friends or family members. Let them know you are thinking about them and that you love them.
Remember there are people out there who have lost a loved one this year, or maybe a few years ago…maybe ten years ago. The holidays are hard on them. They grieve still. Let them know you are there for them. There are our elders who are alone. Some sick, some afraid. Call them. Let them hear your voice, and yes listen to the same story over again. There are people going through divorce. Call them. Let them know you care.
So I challenge you today and tomorrow to remember these people, to remember to be kind, gentle, loving and caring, to share and spread love.
Post below if you will take the challenge and please share this post! Happy Thanksgiving. Peace, Jean