What are you thankful for?
With Thanksgiving around the corner we tend to find our thoughts drifting towards some common themes. Food, family, friends, the holidays, did I mention food? It’s a time to be with our families and remind ourselves of the things we are thankful for. I am not talking about the tangible things like possessions or perhaps even our social statuses, I’m talking about the things that truly make a person rich beyond measure.
The bonds we have formed with those who are close to us. The opportunities we have to demonstrate random acts of kindness for others. Even greater still, a chance to be the pillar of hope in the life of another human being. Personal possessions are great but eventually you will lose interest in them and move on to acquire new things or time simply passes by and they become lost. The good we do for others, however, has a ripple effect through time that we can never lose. I’ve always found it ironic that the day after Thanksgiving, a day we spend being thankful for what we have, we find ourselves at stores, in lines wrapping around the buildings, doing our best to acquire more possessions. In some cases even becoming violent towards others to meet that goal.
This speaks volumes about our actual appreciation of what we have. It tells me that we forget the truly precious parts of our lives. Take the time to remember the people who have impacted your life. The everyday people you meet that inspire you to be better than who you were. People who struggle in the face of every obstacle and smile. When you think about these people be thankful they are here among us, enriching our lives, and let them know you feel that way about them. For some of us it’s our parents, for others it could be our friends. Sometimes it might be someone you haven’t even said a word to but you admire them for their strength and kind spirit. These people are priceless and irreplaceable. The good they do stays with you for a lifetime. If you can’t think of someone this reminds you of then take it as an opportunity to be that person for someone else.
Thank You to all of the students, faculty, and staff who stopped by the Flynn Campus Center atrium this past Monday to assist with “What are you thankful for?” program.
Offensive Clothing Display November 10 - 13
“It is head scratching when retail brands release outrageously offensive clothing items. Yet, despite the headlines and social-media attention garnered of late, these gaffes occur more than you might realize,” (taken directly from http://nypost.com/2014/09/19/the-5-most-offensive-clothing-designs/).
“Time and time again such major brands as Urban Outfitters Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., American Apparel and Zara — and even less edgy brands, like Gap Inc. — release items that are widely deemed offensive,” (taken directly from http://nypost.com/2014/09/19/the-5-most-offensive-clothing-designs/).
Come check out the Offensive Clothing Display located in the Terrace starting Monday, November 10th and running through Thursday, November 13th.
So many times, we as humans, are drawn to what our eye finds appealing, not realizing that there might be more to the item at hand. What may seem “funny” or “cool” to some, to others may feel like a step back in time to where diversity was not accepted or appreciated.
Sometimes things are blatantly rude, disgusting, and downright offensive. Other times we must be abreast of history to see the real meaning behind something and could be offending people without even knowing it. Tell us what you think. The display will showcase different articles of clothing and you will have an opportunity to share your opinion.
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MCC is once again participating in the national Enough is Enough Campaign. The campaign was designed by The Civility Project: Making Courtesy Common. This annual event is a Campaign to Stem Societal Violence. This concept came out of NASPA’s keynote address by the VP of Virginia Tech in the wake of the recent shooting. The campaign’s goal is to provide model strategies for broad-based interventions addressing youth violence on the nation's campuses through innovative partnerships among students, parents, and administrators. If you would like to know more about the Enough is Enough Campaign, please visit http://www.naspa.org/enough/default2.cfm.
This year’s campaign will be April 6 – 10, 2015.