GRATITUDE - Let's not forget to say Thank You!
We are at the peak of gift giving season, of holiday party invitations, of sharing dinners with friends and family. All those events are acts of love and as such should be thanked.
As we say Thank you, we show that we appreciate what has been done for us. It shows respect and consideration for the giver and rewards with affection all of the trouble that another human being has gone through, just to please us.
Many times we skip saying THANK YOU, simply because we are not sure how to do it, or don’t think it is necessary. Let’s start by saying that a THANK YOU is always necessary if we have been the recipient of an item (gift) or an action that was meant for our pleasure or enjoyment. Whether, we actually liked or enjoyed it, is another story. But, remember that a very important part of having good manners is showing consideration for our fellow human beings. This is as good a place to start doing just that.
It is also, a very good time of the year to promote this habit among our children and grandchildren. They are so fortunate and have received so many presents and acts of love, that it is our obligation to teach them how to show gratitude.
The above is a short version of an article I wrote a couple of years ago, but wanted to post it again today, after seeing a wonderful quote by Elizabeth Gilbert regarding "thanking" and shared by Rixys Alfonso. Hope you enjoy it and just keep saying thank you......
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” - Elizabeth Gilbert