Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. And I have so very much to be thankful for. Yes, life has its challenges, however, today, I am focused on gratitude and all of the many blessings I have.
First, I am so thankful for my amazing husband and my 2 delightful (and oh so helpful and cooperative) boys. Second, though maybe not even in that order, I am thankful for my health, especially given all of the challenges I have faced in this arena. Getting up in the morning and going for a walk means so much to me, and having the health to be able to do fun things with my lovely family is wonderful as well.
Next? I want to thank all of you!
I love writing recipes, and I love that you all enjoy them so much and are so vocal about this. I have been receiving so much beautiful and inspired feedback in the comments section of this website, that I feel as though I am mentally dwelling in a feedback loop of caring, generosity, and positivity. And let me tell you all, it is a wonderful loop to be in with all of you!
So, not to be a downer or anything, (and I apologize for the abrupt transition) however, I do want to mention others today, who might not have as much to be thankful for as I do. That is why I would like to discuss one of my favorite books of late, called, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, it is a call to action in support of women around the globe, making the case for investing in women’s health and autonomy. Here is a review of the book by Publisher’s Weekly:
Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. China’s meteoric rise was due to women’s economic empowerment: 80% of the factory workers in the Guangdong province are female…The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents: The best role for Americans… isn’t holding the microphone at the front of the rally but writing the checks.
So as we move into this holiday season, I’m going to be selecting one (or more) of the charities that Kristof and WuDunn profile in their book and making a contribution. Thus far, I have fallen in love with The BlinkNow Foundation and its founder Maggie Doyne, though there are many other compelling stories and organizations in the book.
Whether you wish to make a contribution or not, this book is completely and utterly inspiring, and today, on Thanksgiving day, I am giving away a copy of the book. All you have to do to be eligible to win Half the Sky is leave a comment discussing your favorite charitable organization, volunteer opportunity, or something that you are grateful for in your life. This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere and I will pick the winner randomly. This contest will end at midnight, November 30th 2010.
Again, I’m so thankful for all of you!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the Half the Sky book was Lisa. Thanks to everyone who participated!