This time of year is always so busy, as we get ready for the holidays. However, I also find it to be a time of reflection of the past year; along with looking to the year ahead. As I anticipate 2009, the song "Hands" written by Jewel popped in my head.
"My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray"
Great words to live by!
I've listed a dozen ideas of how our small hands make a big difference:
1)Fly the Flag on Your House, Car, or Business
2)Send an E-Mail or Letter of Thanks to an Airman, Soldier, Sailor or Marine
3)Send a Care Package to a Soldier (year-round)
4)Go to the nearest Airport and welcome home our Troops
5)Organize an event in your own community and at your workplace-promoting our Military
6)Ask your Elected Officials at all levels to Recognize our Military
7)Ask local media (TV, Radio, and Newspaper) to feature Military Heroes
8)When you see a person in a Military Uniform, shake their hand and say, "THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY”
9)Raise funds for Military Charities (or at least write a check to "USO")
10) Ask Libraries, Schools, and local Organizations to participate in recognizing our Armed Forces
11)Hire a Veteran
12) Pray to Almighty God to Bless each and every Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine