Everyone deserves to hear the words “thank you”

My wife is one of the eternal givers of this world.

Be it personally or professionally, she possesses an admirable compassion – always giving much more than any one situation might require. Having known her for some 15 years now, I can tell you with great certainty that she is the epitome of humility – more concerned with offering support and care, than obtaining praise for her actions.

I consider myself truly blessed that I get to wake up each day and share my life with such an amazing individual. But regardless of her humble nature, I believe she deserves to hear those few little words every now and then – “thank you”.

It’s so easy to take people for granted – to assume that someone’s actions are simply expected and therefore don’t require a formal display of appreciation. But as Dietrich Bonhoeffer once remarked, “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

There are so many people journeying through this life who deserve our sincere gratitude. And while their efforts might be reward enough for them, every so often they need to hear the words “thank you”. Because as G.B. Stern once said, “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”