I cannot believe how fast the holidays are approaching. It feels like we just rang in the New Year.
With our busy schedules and hectic life, it seems like everything is passing us by so much and without any room to take it all in.
As we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we must stop and think what is really important and meaningful to us, including appreciating ourselves and what we have been given.
We tend to become greedy, ungrateful, and take things for granted throughout the year.
We are unappreciative of the things we have been given and of what we have accomplished.
Sometimes, even though we work so hard to be good at what we do or for our success, we still envy the things or accomplishments of others.
Why do we constantly lower ourselves and put others on a pedestal?
We are always trying to compete with others to become the best.
Yes, who could disagree that being ambitious, successful and thriving are all great feelings.
However, do not take it to an extreme to where that is the only thing you value.
This holiday season we must look to those who have less.
We need to take initiative and help the less fortunate instead of focusing inward.
Because I believe helping others especially the poor and hungry is the best reward and gift anyone can receive.
And even though, this economy is tough and diverts us from giving a lot to the needy we can still try.
There are many ways to help the poor this holiday season without going over your budget.
For starters, you can easily donate canned goods to the poor by stopping by the Wilson Library.
They are accepting canned goods for the poor this holiday season and your help would be beneficial.
An unconventional way of doing good this holiday season is by going green to help the planet.
Try to light your home with beeswax or soy candles instead of turning on every light in your home when you have family and friends for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner celebration.
You will also save a lot of money on your electricity bill.
Another good way to go green during your holiday celebration is to keep your dinner menu simple.
You do not need to cook five different meats and 10 side dishes to impress your friends and family.
This will allow using less electricity and energy while you cook.
If you feel you have to do something even greater to help out, the Los Angeles Mission is always looking for volunteers to serve food to the homeless for their annual Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday.
If you do decide to volunteer on Thanksgiving, I recommend you volunteer with a family member or friend just to be safe since the Los Angeles Mission is in the center of Skid Row.
You can also volunteer on to serve food to the homeless for their annual Christmas meal on Dec. 24.
In addition to the annual Christmas meal, they will be holding a toy drive for needy children.
Whatever you do to help others this holiday season, remember any little could help make this world a better place to live and means a lot to those who are less fortunate.
The Los Angeles Mission’s address is 303 E. 5th St., Los Angeles, Calif.
For more information, call 213-629-1227.
Natalie Veissalov, a junior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.