“Being thankful not only shows good manners, but a simple expression of thankfulness can go a long way in relationships and communication with others. It not only enhances our own lives, but makes other people feel appreciated.” – Daniella Whyte
It’s taken me a long time to fully understand what’s important in this crazy world of ours. But just over the last few days, I think I finally figured it out. Being thankful.
Both my wife and I each received unsolicited and unexpected messages of thanks from individuals we work closely with.
They weren’t just cookie-cutter messages on thank you cards you purchase from the store. No, they were heartfelt and personal messages thanking us for being a part of their story.
Many of us do for others with no expectation for recognition. It’s a part of who we are and provides us with fulfillment to know that we’re doing something kind for the betterment of someone else.
But to hear someone express their gratitude, to feel the sincerity of their words, is one of the most wonderful feelings you can experience. One of the greatest gifts you will ever receive in this life.
We live in an age that’s enabled us to stay connected like never before with both speed and ease. And yet with all that technology, being thankful of others influence and presence in our lives often goes unnoticed.
We’re so busy taking from others that we forget to take a moment to show our thanks, to express our appreciation.
A letter, an email, a text message – regardless of which communication you choose, take this time at the end of 2018 to be thankful for the people in your life who’ve made a difference.
Let words of sincerity sing out like a joyous Christmas carol and brighten the day of someone who might never expect to hear such sentiments from you.
I can say with great certainty now that being thankful – especially of those who are a part of our story – IS the most important thing we can give to the world.