Thursday, December 2, 2010

Help Me Keep My Promise

So many of us have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.

We will not be going hungry ~ an over abundance of food indulgence no doubt.
We will have presents under the tree ~ too many things that we don't really need I think.
We will have clothes in our closets to keep us warm.
We will have medicine for our colds, our aches, our pains.
We will have a good job to go to that helps pay our bills.
We will have a loving family to come home to each day.
We will have a warm house to play in, eat in, love in, sleep in.

I am going to make an extra effort this month to be thankful for what I have.
I am going to make an extra effort this month to share what I have.

Above is a stray kitty I have been feeding the last few nights.

It reminds me again of all the homeless kitties out on the street this winter.
It reminds me of the basket full of toys Banjo has that he never plays with.
A cat who has everything, needs nothing, but already has 3 presents under the tree.

It reminds me again of the families that will be going without necessities this winter.
It reminds me that my closet it packed full of presents that need to be wrapped.
A family who has everything, needs nothings, but will be getting more come Christmas day.

I have ready a care package to take the SPCA.
I have ready a care package to go directly to a family that needs it.

I have made a promise to do/give at least 2 things/activities every week this December.
I am putting this out here on my blog.
It forces me to keep my promise.
Not that a person purposely chooses not to fulfil their promise.
But I think we get busy and make excuses for ourselves on why we couldn't.
It's an easy 'out' when we keep those 'good intentions' in our head.

Watch for my postings every Sunday night this month.
I will be trying extra hard to keep my good intentioned promises this Christmas.

Peace on Earth

28 comments:

Lesley said...

Catherine, this is so lovely. I know you will keep your promise.
Thanks for this thought provoking post, I know it is making me think about how much I have to be thankful for too.
Have a great day!
xx

ilovemyhouse said...

You are soo right, we have so much to be thankful for. What a beautiful promiss, you inspire me to make some too! Lets start with being thankful... I promiss.
Have a happy thursday.
XX

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Good Morning Catherine!! What a lovely, lovely post! On a day that I'm feeling rather grouchy and unappreciative this is a humbling reminder for me--Thank-you for that.

I so hope your sweet little stray finds his way to warmth and safety. I keep telling the world I would feed any stray that comes our way, but so far, nothing...I suppose it's enough to just want to.

It's me said...

This is beautiful Catherine.....we help you reminder this !!....lovely day darling..............love Ria.....

Katy Noelle said...

Cat, your musings are quite wonderful - earthy, real, loving, funny, hopeful, encouraging. I was just thinking, last night, how grateful I am for your bloggy friendship.

I feel so needy emotionally and, well, in every way, this year, and here I sit in my beautiful castle. Granted, the castle is a MESS! It's not something that I can explain but it's just going to be it's own season. I just hope that I can be giving and loving, too - even if it's just to my own family. I mean, do you, perhaps, know what I mean? Anyway, thanks for the hard nudge!

Love, Katy

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a warm and loving post. One we all should take heed to.
Have a great day!
*hugs*deb

amelia said...

I have often said, and I mean it with all my heart that I would willingly give my life if not another animal was hurt or abused in this world but that won't happen so all we can do is what you're doing and what we try to do every day. Take care of the strays and do our best by the world.

Could you not try to trap this kitty and either give him a home or take him to a shelter where at least he'd be warm?

Brian said...

How wonderful, every single bit!

4smartmonkeys said...

What a lovely promise! We do have so much to be thankful for, there are many needy people and pets. You have pushed me in a great way to do something for someone that needs it.

Linda Robinson said...

Well my friend this is such a lovely post. And you are so right.. I really need for nothing.

Just last night on the news there was a piece on our local SPCA asking people to give money or just time to these poor furry friends. It tugged at my heart strings. Yep I think I need write out the Check or better yet go down for a little visit..


Hugs, Linda

Becca said...

Thanks for this post. It really helped me today.

Tracey said...

We all need someone special like you to remind us of these things. Thanks, xxx

CatherineLovesRoses said...

We would love to read about your activities, my dear friend Catherine.
Your post has touched me.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

BeadedTail said...

What a lovely, inspiring post Catherine! Thank you for taking care of the stray kitty and also for reminding me that we do have much to be thankful for and to share with others. I know you'll keep all your promises!

S. Etole said...

What an excellent promise and activity.

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

Thank you for the wonderful reminders of the bountiful gifts that we so often take for granted. You touched my heart today...thank you. xxx

Sylvia said...

Beautiful and touching words, Catherine, they made me think !
So nice of you to feed that kitty, it reminds me of Moesj. We gave her a home five years ago, together with her kitten. Spiteful her kitten died, it's the little black one on my profile picture.
Lovely wishes,
Sylvia

Teresa Evangeline said...

Very inspiring. I need to do a bit more giving myself. Hope your week is going well, Catherine. Hugs to you.

wncmountainliving said...

Lovely post Catherine. I am doing more this year to donate money, food, pet supplies to those who are in need. Last year it was us in need and we got thru with the help of so many so we want to turn it around and give to others this year. If your post inspires just one more person to give it is very worthwhile!

Anya said...

Very creative post Catherine :-)
So so true words and lines ....

You are so sweet to feed the streetcat you deserve a big hug
:-)

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya

Deb said...

I really like this post and I will try to remember to be thankful for what I have now, at Christmas and after. I am always holding back posting about the homeless cats because I know it upsets people but at Christmas the shelters are full and whatever we can do to help is appreciated by the staff. Taking time to visit, groom, play-with and just comfort the homeless animals will pay you back a hundred-fold. It gives them hope for another day. Thanks for reminding people to remember them. It's great that you are helping the little stray. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Ann said...

beautiful post and very inspiring. A good reminder to us as well to stop and think about how much we have to be thankful for.

yhosie said...

hhmm....

ur words really touch me today catherine...

made me think over
i hope i can keep my own promises too!

Xo, yhosie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wonderful post, Catherine.. We all should take time to be thankful for what we have rather than to be upset at what we don't have....

Great post for ALL of us.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bossy Betty said...

Such a wonderful post--it reminds us of all we have to be thankful for and how we need to pass our blessing on....

BumbleVee said...

no doubt in my mind that you will do exactly what you have decided to do...

I've been writing out my cards and wrote my cheques too...for the sanctuaries also my other favourite.. Amps and Champs. I love to think that some little guy will get an arm to make his life better and that I have a small part in helping.

It makes me sniffle just to watch the ads for those little kids .. and I love that the group doesn't use much of each dollar donated for anything other than to help the kids get limbs... so different from so many of the other charities...whose CEOs get big salaries....I've changed my allegiances the past few years. Now, it's Amps....and animals...... and I feel great about that..

We are definitely soooo lucky to have all that we do.....

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Catherine, I've been scrolling back to catch up (after work and Winnie's illness) and wow! What a fantastic post! And that's saying a lot because I love (and have missed) your musings!

I was just a mite cranky 'cause I'm feeling harried... I've got so much to do... don't know when I'll do it all... catching up, while enjoyable, seems such a formidable task... and, POW!

Your post reminds me how blessed my life is. I wouldn't have so much to do if it hadn't been so blessed (family, friends, church, work). I wouldn't have all the catching up if I hadn't met so many wonderful people blogging (not the least of whom is you, dear Catherine!).

Thanks for the attitude readjustment, honey! Just when I needed it!

Jaime said...

We are all so incredibly lucky and fortunate to have what we have. There is so much to be thankful for. So many things we take for granted.

My heart goes out to this little stray... I know he is in good hands, being close to you (he must have had a good internal radar system, knowing you would be the one to take good care of him).

Much love xo

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