Staying Thankful with Foundation Beyond Belief


Noelle George is the Foundation Beyond Belief intern program coordinator, and the program coordinator for Volunteers Beyond Belief.  She is also a regular contributor to the Texas Reason blog, a secular response to the Texas Faith blog published by the Dallas Morning News. This week’s topic: Why should we be thankful? In her post “Attitude of Gratitude,” Noelle shares how working with the Foundation Beyond Belief has helped her stay thankful, and how thinking positively motivates her to work toward making a difference.

I am thankful that I have a home and a place to sleep, that I don’t worry about whether I will have access in the future to food and water, that I don’t worry about keeping warm or staying cool, and that I feel safe in my home, in my neighborhood, and most places in my city.  I am thankful that I can travel around my city and country with relative ease.  I am thankful that I am healthy and that if I do get sick or injured I will have immediate access to great medical care.  I am thankful that most of my family can also be thankful for these things.

This year I am also grateful for my 6-month-old daughter, and that she was born into similar conditions of privilege and opportunity. I don’t believe that I am so special that a creator chose to bring me into these specific conditions, versus billions of other people in the world today and also in history.  I believe that I exist purely by chance, and that makes me even more thankful to be here.

To read Noelle’s full post, please visit the Texas Reason blog.