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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The #Grateful Jar ~ Lessons on #Caring #Appreciation and #NotTakingForGranted

I came the following facebook post some time ago (and, to say the least, it left an impression). Take a few moments to watch the Video of this man HERE.

I thought about this. I watched it a second time. My comment on the post when I shared it was:

I can never walk by a homeless person. I always give them money and a meal. I know some say they scam ~ but what if it was you or one of your children? Spare a little kindness. You never know. Be thankful for the food in your pantry and the blankets you have to cuddle with. Not everyone is as fortunate.

I watched it a third time and then really looked at my children sitting next to me. I was on my laptop while they were snacking and watching a movie. I then thought about having a television, a DVD player, and cable in each room of the house. Each of their bedrooms have them.

My oldest daughter thinks she needs $100+ jeans. She wear Hollister, Areopostle and so on. She never says thank you. I hear "Mom, I need another pair of shoes, I don't like these anymore."

I've been trying to determine how to cut the budget this year as we're moving into a new home. A home that we're furnishing from top to bottom. We're taking clothes and that's it from our current home.

All I hear is "I need" - "I need" - "I need"

More than a few times over the last year, I've heard a few of my children make fun of other children who didn't have what they have. Someone who got one video game as opposed to their six. Someone who wore the same pair of pants several days a week. Someone else who wore clothing with holes in them or shoes with holes.

I never taught them to be this way. But, I imagine, during the short period they were back in public school (5 months and I pulled them back out), I thought maybe it was a phase. I'd explain how terrible they were being to others and hope it didn't happen again.

Once we move into the new home (I don't have  a set date yet), each one will be getting a "Grateful Jar." In this jar, each day, they will have the option to slip in a piece of paper that either lists something they are grateful for OR lists something they wish for the world, country, state, city, or neighbors.

I'm hoping that with this, I'll have some more appreciative children when they read and share their "snips" on New Year's Eve this year.

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