Thomas F. O'Neill
It can be extremely difficult especially with the coronavirus pandemic to
maintain an upbeat and positive attitude during these trying times in America.
Especially, with the rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in US hospitals.
That being said, I still love to teach my students about this special
thanksgiving season it is the season of giving in America. The world can learn
a great deal about the value of being thankful for what we have in life and
the special people in our lives.
I conduct a lesson every school year about the history of thanksgiving
and its meaning and importance for us Americans.
I like to explain to my students that being thankful is a powerful
affirmation it brings more of what we want into our life. When we are thankful
for the things, we have, we will attract more goodness into our lives and the
lives of those around us.
The yuletide season is once again upon us with all the hustle and
bustle of mad shoppers. I for one will not participate in the frenzy of Black
Friday like millions do in America and I never will.
I am one of those people who simply enjoys the sharing and to give
thanks for the special people in my life. That truly makes this time of year
special for me because I surely have plenty to be thankful for. Throughout my
life people have gone out of their way to be kind to me and I like to tell my
students in class when you care for others you are cared for and when you love
others you are loved. This special season of giving should reveal our love for
one another through kindness because loving kindness gives this special season
its true meaning.
There was a time though when I felt the season of giving was simply a
common courtesy to receive and provide our significant others with material
gifts. I now understand more clearly that this special season is for heartfelt
acts of gratitude for having people in our lives. When keeping the true spirit
of giving close to our heart it enables us to give from the heart all year-
The yuletide season should be a time when our love comes to call
because that love gives this time of year its true meaning. I have found over
the years, though, that it's not the material gifts that count in life but
rather it's the unrecognized, undetected, and unremembered acts of loving-
kindness that are our greatest gifts and achievements in life.
If we truly want to see a world of loving and joyous people, we must be
loving and joyous toward the people in our own lives. That potential is part
of our humanity.
When we reach out and touch others, we touch a part of the humanity
that is within us. When we enhance the life of another in need, we in turn
enhance our own lives.
Objects gift-wrapped in shiny paper can be forgotten over time, but
kindness whispered to those in need will echo endlessly throughout the
community. Those small acts of kindness resonate with the giver and the
receiver because they are gifts from the heart. Such priceless gifts can never
be measured monetarily though because how can you put a price on love?
From my heart to yours I would like to wish all of you a very joyous
Always with love from Suzhou, China
Thomas F O’Neill
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