Bus Driver….. “Move That Bus”
I use to watch Extreme Make-Over all the time. It got boring after awhile, but I still get teary eyed when I hear the crowd call out, “Bus driver, move that bus”. The family that is getting the new home, is excited beyond their wildest expectations. Their emotions are palatable, and I can feel them through the TV screen.
Why are they so excited?
They have received a “gift” that was something beyond their expectations. They did not earn it, they did not pay for it. They only received it.
When was the last time you received a gift and were so excited, because the gift was beyond your expectations? Oh, I know maybe the “move that bus” has not occurred very often in our lives. But, we can definitely be grateful for even the small things.
Thanksgiving is a day set aside to remember our past and reflect on how this nation was formed. It is a time to be grateful for ALL the good things we have in our lives. Last week, I sent out Thanksgiving cards to my clients both past and present. I started doing that a few years ago instead of Christmas cards. It just meant more sense to me to express my gratitude to them during the time of year we set aside to focus on thankfulness. I hand address them all and write a personal note.
One tradition we do in my family at Thanksgiving dinner is put a piece of popcorn under every plate. Then after we are all stuffed and dessert is served we pass a basket, and as it goes around the table we each say something we are thankful for in our lives during the past year. Over the years, it has evolved from the silly to the sincere. But, deep down my children love it and one of them never fails to ask me, if we are doing the “popcorn this year”.
Regardless of how you celebrate, “move that bus” and give someone something they don’t deserve. Experience the joy of giving.Have a thankful heart for all you have received. Reflect on your blessings. I like I tell my kids, there will always be people better off than you and worse off with you.True joy comes from the giving.
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