Thanksgiving. It’s a time of year when so many families gather together, eat turkey and mashed potatoes (poor turkeys…) and somebody falls asleep on the couch. Do we really take the time, though, to be thankful? Do we take the time to give? Reflecting on the time of year and speaking with so many in different walks of life, I was reminded how fortunate and blessed I am.
One single friend has lost both parents and has no siblings. The holidays are hard for her. Another friend is going through a divorce and doesn’t know if he will get to see his child at Thanksgiving. Some are struggling financially and others just don’t have any hope. I have a friend who is always giving. You know the kind, adopted two children – one with special needs – a foster parent, constantly helping others, looking for ways to be a blessing. She and her husband both have health challenges, yet, nothing seems to get her down. In every picture, they are smiling. In every conversation, they are laughing. She is the one that gave me an awesome idea.
We received donations of toiletries and money from clients, business partners, family, and friends. We had bags and bags full of toothbrushes, shampoos, lotions, hair ties, etc. We filled purses with items that would be helpful for the women who are staying at the Nashville Rescue Mission. What a blessing!!! And, not just for the women. Everyone had a smile on their face when they handed me a check or a bag full of donations. Our team was giddy while we organized and filled all the bags.
Thanksgiving is a state of mind. It can be practiced every day. Try giving something to someone else this week, without the thought of getting anything in return. It can be as simple as helping someone across the street – when you’re going the other way, or handing the person standing at the corner with the sign the snack you just bought for yourself. If you are reading this, I bet you have a lot to be thankful for. Take a moment to reflect on your life, your family, your friends, your community. Then think about those men, women, and children that don’t even have a place to lay their head and call their own.
Thank you to all of you. You have touched our lives in some way. Thank you to the one with the idea for donations (you know who you are), and to all who donated. I’m sure the residents will be happy to receive but we were probably even happier to give. Happy Thanksgiving!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. Wife to Robert, “Mom” to Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.