Last Update: Nov 23, 2021
Are You Grateful?
I assume that in every culture, society, family, that we understand the language of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness. Thank you is a common but very powerful expression. Unfortunately, many still don’t know how to give thanks.
For most of us at a very early we were thought to say “Thank You”, whenever we’re giving a gift, or finished eating a meal. This reminds me of my interactions with my grandchildren; they’re always fascinated with getting a gift from me no matter what it is.
You know what is funny is that once they got it, in a hurry to open the gift or play with the item, they will forget to say thank you immediately because of their curiosity to just have the item.
Then, I will stop him or her with the gift and say, “What do you say?” And here comes the resounding response ‘THANK YOU, GRANDMA!” I tell you; it is at this point that both me the giver and the receivers of my gifts feel the joy.
My point in this short post is to remind us that it is very important, of course, for us to express our appreciation, and thankfulness for the kindness, generosity, and love of others towards us. Including the gift of life.
Count Your Blessings
You know all you are supposed to be thankful for. No matter how big or small, how old, or current, we owe people who have been good to us in one way or the other appreciation.
If for any reason we have forgotten or trivialized such gifts, and services from friends, family members, associates, this is another opportunity to make the phone calls, send the thank you texts or emojis to acknowledge heartily such gestures. Greed breeds ungratefulness and must be eschewed.
And moreover, we owe it as a debt to our higher power, Cosmos, Allah, God, or whatever you prefer to call the creator.
It is important regardless of our religion, to regularly appreciate the gift of life and all that it takes to sustain it. For me as a believer in God, I return every thankfulness to Him, because of His protection, and provisions daily.
I remain ever grateful to Him, for my family, friends, and all of you here whose exemplary work ethics, and kindness to me have been a great source of energy to me.
Practice the Golden Rule
However, let me put it this way, when we do something for anyone, anywhere, anytime, we naturally, or somehow expect some sort of appreciation, acknowledgment with an expression of gratitude.
I believe that there are some of us who will feel disrespected, feel hurt, discouraged, when we didn’t receive the considered due thanksgiving or appreciation from the receiver of our service, gift, kindness, etc.
It doesn’t matter if it comes from our parents, spouse, children, friend, colleagues, and so forth. The understanding is that we have to do to others what we expect others to do unto us. Also, giving thanks always to the Higher power – God is our human way of acknowledging His greatness and love.
So, I, therefore, encourage us as we enter these festive periods, to be grateful intentionally. Show gratitude for all you’ve received, achieved, and will achieve, more importantly for being alive, and healthy give thanks!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving for you and your family!