Thinking about Thanks

Today I’m thinking about being thankful.  It’s funny because sometimes we do have to think about being thankful, but other times it seems natural, like when someone holds the door open for us.  That type of thanks has been (usually) ingrained in us since we were kids, and now it’s second nature to react in that way when events follow a certain progression.  And if people don’t hold the door open or don’t pass the item we asked for or don’t give gifts even though they should have we tend to get grumpy and feel the opposite of thankful.

As much as being thankful is about you and is a personal thing, it’s also something that is all about connection.  When we’re thankful it’s usually because of something someone else did, because of someone else, about something someone made, that someone liked something we did, or that something worked out in our favor.  And, we’re encouraged to express our thanks to others when they do something that has a positive impact on our lives.

But there are times when we’re feeling challenged by the world and not so thankful about how things are going.  It’s during those times that we benefit most from others sharing what they’re thankful for with us.  Hearing that others appreciate who we are or what we bring to the world, or even just that they’re thankful that we exist and are part of their life can be the spark of hope we needed to hear.

So today I encourage you to remember to express your thanks.  Make sure to thank the person who said “bless you” after you sneeze, thank the person holding the door open for you, thank your coworkers for showing up faithfully each day, thank your family for putting up with your quirks, thank the mail person who delivers to you day in and day out, thank your parking guy who is out in the weather, thank the gas guy who works through rain and snow.  Sharing a little thanks will not only brighten their world, it will make you feel good too.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

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