Privilege is defined as the benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most. During this holiday season, this always comes to mind just how privileged some are, but more important how some are not. I really do believe we have lost our appreciation for our privileges in life.
Some of those privileges that come to mind are our good health, beautiful family, great jobs and our privilege of being an American. If you are privileged to have good health, take some time to help someone that may not be as privileged as you. Many are dealing with diseases that are crippling families, both mentally and financially. The privilege of good health should never be taken for granted.
Are you privileged to have a wonderful family? In this day and age when so many families are split due to divorce or death, have you taken the time to be thankful if you are not in this situation. Better yet, have you asked someone that is going through this if they need assistance in any way? I know in our work place, we hear of families being homeless and helpless. Take some time to open your eyes, it is all around us.
How about the privilege of having a job? Do you appreciate having a job and having the opportunity of being able to work or do you complain about your current situation? Many people are out of a job in today’s society and need help. The next time you complain about your job, think of the many that do not have one.
Yes, we have grown complacent with our privileges and daily take for granted our right to free speech, right to vote, right to choose our religion and many other rights or privileges that we have as Americans. Have you taken the time to Thank a Veteran? Remember, these are the ones that allow us all to continue to have this privilege of being an American. So in this season of joy, I challenge each person that has privileges to first, take time to be grateful and second, consider reaching out to those that are in need.
May you all have a very safe, happy and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Jay Minton Athletic Director