I am grateful I have the time and lifestyle to enjoy writing my blog. I am grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the refrigerator, and enough resources to pay the bills. I am grateful I am healthy and have the opportunity to age gracefully.
It’s always important to look beyond oneself, though, and remember that so many others in this world don’t have it so easy. So, this year, instead of giving Christmas presents, our family is doing something different.
My kids (all grown up and with their own kids) and the adults in my household and I really don’t need anything. Rather than exchanging gifts, we’ve decided to donate a certain amount of money per adult person to Doctors Without Borders for the people who were so tragically impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines. One of my daughters-in-law is from Manilla, so this makes it all the more special to us. (Thankfully, her family living there are OK.) It also gives us an opportunity to get away from the holiday commercialism.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if others joined in and followed our lead? I was just thinking about this today…
Yours in aging with class,