Gratitude toward the thousands and thousands of people who, every day, help make that possible. People donating shoes. People collecting shoes. Corporate leaders like Zappos
and Stride Rite
who engage with their customers through Soles4Souls. People contributing their hard earned dollars to support disaster relief. Really, some days my knees get a little weak thinking about how many of you there are who care about making the world a better, more compassionate, healthier place.
In turn, there are, literally, tens of millions of people who benefit from all the shoes and clothes we are able to distribute for free and donate toward our job creation programs. People who are safer, better fed, better educated and more hopeful.
So, yeah, gratitude for all that has to line up in the world for that to be possible…for that to be growing and touching more people.
The last thing I’d like to close with comes from our many years of going to First Unitarian Church of Dallas
, which I miss greatly, that is said to all new members but is probably one of my favorite blessings of all time. And I wish the same for you, your family and friends in the year ahead: May your thoughts be wise, your lips speak truth, your heart know love and the work of your hands be blessed all the days of your life.