15 December 2021

Mirth & Merriment

Mirth & Merriment

Recently, our offices hosted important meetings for several days. On the last day, as we greeted each other joyfully and a couple of our guests made their way to the main conference room, one stopped and said, “Do you know why we men always turn left as we walk in the room?” I listened attentively and curiously replied, “Why is that?” The gentleman then said with a great grin, “Because women are always right!”

 

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps

as you walk the tightrope of life.

~ William Arthur Ward

 

Most people tend to associate mirth and merriment with the Christmas holiday, yet many of us experience it in the everyday, as in addition to other meaningful and purposeful sentiments, such as appreciation, gratitude, and oh yes—humility, they spring from our heart’s reserve.

 

Opportunity, for instance, and the hope that every moment provides helps us with perspective—even to glean from what truly matters. And so, at times of special occasions and gatherings, we would typically turn our attention to those and that which take precedence in our life.

 

For me, when they press me for a wish list, I feel a bit uncomfortable. I then begin to count “my blessings” out loud but the list is often interrupted with thoughts of those I cannot count. There’s the middle-aged homeless couple I pass each workday and whose home is a niche under Interstate 595. During the holidays, “visions of sugarplums” don’t dance in my head as I go to sleep. Rather, it’s images of them perched all night.

 

As I lay warm and snuggly in my bed I think: ‘They are someone’s child, somebody’s sibling. They could be parents to an adult child, even still, grandparents.’ I then pray and put feet to faith the following day. And yet, in this festive time I am wishing for a Christmas miracle for them and countless others.

 

By now you may be thinking, ‘What a gloomy road trip this is turning out to be. With a cargo area full of laughter and joy, how did you turn left and end up in this place?’ To every season and situation there is both good and bad, highs and lows, laughter and sadness; no matter where we steer. Some call this the yin and yang. I simply say it is the continuous balance of things.

 

Would it be possible to agree that in order to truly be at peace and live a life of harmony, every part of us must be…not in perfect but in continuous balance? Because as cognizant as we are that we won’t ever solve all of the world’s problems nor supply every need, we also know that we can touch one person, one couple, one family at a time. All the more, that as the scales tip, together we can increasingly bring balance through acts of kindness and generosity.

 

…every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes

~ William Paul Young, The Shack

 

This year, in wanting to tie a big, bright bow around the season, and “lighting it up” brightly for others, Impact Health Sharing’s staff partnered with ours and collected toys and various other presents for the Broward Outreach Centers, a division of the Miami Rescue Mission.

 

So…while TN Hope is not comprised of all women, and we are not always right, we do tend to think we have a good sense of humor and certainly make the best effort to achieve balance in everything we do. With that, know that your contributions* of nearly $60K in 2021 brought significant change for many—adding a dash of mirth and a sprinkle of merriment year round.

 

Thank you, friends, for a year of continuous giving. Best wishes to you and your family from MaryLou, Angela & Phil, and all of us! May you unwrap as much joy and abundant blessings as you have brought others.

 

Happy Holidays and a Favorable New Year!

 

*Speak with your tax advisor for more information on the unique benefits of tax-deductible contributions.

We would love to read your comments. If you have a specific question concerning the TN Hope Foundation, please reach out to us at wecare@tnhope.org.

 

 

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