Thanksgiving, basket brigades and food banks

THE BASKET BRIGADE

One day, with Thanksgiving coming up, Tony Robbins and his family were preoccupied with what they DIDN’T have, so much so that his parents fell out with each other. So no food or reason to celebrate.

Then someone knocked the door – and when it was opened, a complete stranger gave his family a basket filled to the brim with goodies. Tony Robbins says his life changed at that point. He realised that strangers COULD be kind, and was so moved to gratitude that he decided he would do the same one day.

When he turned 18 – he purchased items for two families he knew were in need. When delivering the goods, the Latina woman grabbed his arms and said “you gift from God.” He replied – “no, I’m just the delivery boy – this is a gift from a friend”.

And that created the Basket Project. Gifts of hope for families, personally delivered in a way that our food banks don’t quite do, for all they meet an immediate need. Tony Robbins went on to motivate people round the world to get involved and to GIVE BACK – and GIVE HOPE to their communities.

So who knows where ANY act of kindness will take us?

NORMAN VINCENT PEALE SAID “Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible”.

Buddha SAID “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

Albert Schweitzer said “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

I have cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within me again. I am grateful for all those who have sought to make a difference in the world; either in the small corner they are in, or on the larger stage. The people in my community who care for the homeless, who act on behalf of their community, for those who love the unloved, who protect those without protection, for the police, for our nurses and doctors, for our emergency services, and to those make a difference by their music or art by shaking our social conscience..

So – in the words of an old Irish blessing – let’s be grateful for the wind at our back, the sun shining warmly on us, the rains falling gently on our fields, and for God holding us softly in the palm of His hand..

 

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