We live surrounded by abundance. The migrants waiting in Tijuana with backpacks that, we assume, hold all their worldly belongings, do not. But this is not a political statement about immigration or politics—far from it. It simply sets the stage for a reflection on abundance.

Thanksgiving dinnerSt. Luke warns… “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Indeed, having too much can get in the way of seeing and enjoying what matters most in life.

It’s often said that to avoid greed or selfishness is not a complicated task. We merely give rather than take. We come to see ourselves not based on what we own, but on how often we share—whether that sharing be money or compliments. To live abundantly is to be a blessing in others’ lives.

When we focus on becoming a blessing to someone else, we find ourselves being kinder and more forgiving, quicker to understand than preach, encouraging and less critical, more courageous than timid, less proud and more humorous, and in the end—grateful. Grateful for our abundance, yes, but especially grateful for those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers!

Straw Issue

The Cincinnati Business Courier recently released an article Newport Aquarium Enlists Businesses’ Help to Stamp Out Plastic Straws. The article explains why our own Newport Aquarium joined 22 other aquariums throughout the U.S. to reduce causes of plastic pollution and want businesses (and individuals) to help by cutting back on straw usage. According to it takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose, and they can’t be recycled in most places.

turtle strawIf the numbers are right, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. Interestingly, straws come in 11th on the list of plastic founds in dead sea animals and birds.

Straws won’t go away overnight, but we need to start somewhere to reduce straw trash in waterways. Request your drink without a straw and use reusable straws. For example, Amazon offers a pack of reusable straws made from stainless steel that comes with a special cleaning brush Click to view.

We can do our part so that the fish, turtles, and other sea life in our oceans and rivers will have a chance to life a long life, free to feed on grasses and other natural food sources so they can survive and thrive without the threat of consuming plastic.

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