I had a bit of a revelation today.

Well, I suppose it wasn't exactly revelatory, but more of a reminder to me of something I already knew. A light bulb moment, if you will.

Let's be honest, life is not easy for anyone right now.

I could make you a whole list of the ways in which my own life is less than ideal, because we are living through a really weird time as business owners, parents, and really just people. But that's not why I sat down to write this post.

While searching for a way to serve on Thanksgiving (our usual service project was canceled due to, well - you know), I ended up stumbling on an idea that has turned into something larger and has become a way to support a small and struggling restaurant while at the same time providing Thanksgiving meals for a whole bunch of people.

I have the greatest of friends and so a ton of people jumped on board to donate and coordinate and the little project grew (you know who you are, friends, and you totally rock).

Hours were spent searching for the right recipients, and in doing so I discovered new stories and connected with people in need of a boost.

And you know what? I remembered how the more time you spend focused on others and their needs, the less time you have to wallow in your own crap.

I don't know anyone who hasn't made significant sacrifices to be able to get through the season of life in which we find ourselves. We're angry; we are frustrated; we are sad.

But looking outward and giving your time, energy, and resources can totally change your perspective and make a hard day so much better. 

So, in this week of Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for the gift of serving others. And I'd encourage you to do the same. It doesn't have to cost a thing! An encouraging word, a phone call to someone you haven't talked to in awhile, shoveling or raking for a neighbor - opportunities abound if you look around for them. If you've been feeling the stress of the turmoil that swirls around us all, there's no better cure than to lift someone else up. 

So there's my light bulb moment. What suggestions do you have to find joy during difficult times? How do we come together as a community to treat those around us well? What does that look like in your life?

Over the past decade of being in business (we celebrate 10 years in January - yes, crazy, I know!) we've seen the beauty that is the Wild Ruffle woman. You are kind, loving, supportive, and good to those around you. You're the reason why we keep doing what we do, and the inspiration behind our next steps. I know Tammy and I would both love to hear what you're doing to remain positive in a tough season.