The first night of Hanukkah 2017 has come and gone. In our family we exchange the gifts on the first night and take the rest of the week to enjoy family time and doing things together. Our children are mostly grown and off on their own, so it isn't as big as it was when they were little. But I want to tell you about a special gift I received this year.
Miracles Big and Small
One of the things that I love most about Hanukkah is appreciating the miracles that might just come and slip by, as well as the larger ones that make headlines.
A special gift
But I want to tell you about one of the coolest gifts that I received that came from my husband and I truly love. My Rafiki bracelet, it is a donation to the Me to We project. My bracelet was a donation of food. For the $10 donation a month of healthy lunches for a child was given. This fabulous bracelet made by a Mama in Kenya who was paid a fair wage and taught the skills she needs to provide for her family.
Each donation comes with a code so you can track your impact. Each code gives you details about where your money is going. You can see the depth of how wide your effort actually spreads. I love the bracelet. I love that when I look at it I remember that we are put here in this world to make a difference, make it better.
2017 was a gift of learning
We have a chance every day to learn something. Maybe it's how to let go when someone hurts you. Or how to stop and look up as you walk down the sidewalk. Try to see the beauty of the world around you.
This year has been full of hard lessons I had to revisit. I had to embrace forgiveness, that seems to have been the test I needed to go over.. and over… and over. I've been called a bitch repeatedly this year, and at the end of the year I had to learn to realize that my strength is terrifying to some who are afraid of people who are different and proud to be so.
I love this small token, this gift of effort made to make this world a better place for others. While it isn't about the gifts, this year I sit here feeling very blessed. I'm thankful for all I have and all I have survived.