Expressing everyday gratitude
How often do you remember the people that have made little things possible for you? It's easy to take our privileges for granted. Today, be more aware of your surroundings--everything from your shirt, house, food, and car--and who has made them possible for you. Who has made it possible for you to experience such wonderful things? One way to let someone know that you truly appreciate their efforts is to send them a quick note or return the kindness in your own way.
How many times a day to we forget to do this. Expressing everyday gratitude has actually started to become easier because of all my walking exercise.
Now that may sound strange to think exercise would help express smiles, joy, and happiness. It started one morning shortly after HealthBear24 [Esther] and I started walking together. As we went by people sort of grunted under their breath. A gentleman on a bike passed up out on our left, said good morning, thanks for letting him pass. Wow I thought this was the first time, someone seemed really happy to see someone else on the trail. From that moment on Esther and I greet everyone.
Since we have started doing that, more and more people, are positively responding. The only ones who don't are usually plugged into their IPod and really don't observe the things around them anyway. What a shame.
I think by acknowledge others out on the trail, I am showing gratitude for being there and gratitude the trail is there, and Gratitude for the new day.
I guess my thoughts on gratitude are simple, be thankful; don't down play the kindness of others, don't push away a hand being extended in friendship. ALWAYS say thank you. Shake a hand and say nice to meet you.
Once you start acknowledging others in a positive manner, thankful for whatever it is they contribute, you can see all the happiness come back to you 10fold. You can let someone know you appreciate them being there, just by saying a few words. When you are out and about next time, try smiling at random people. If a gentlemen holds the door, say thank you, tell him to have a nice day. If you are in a crowded parking lot and there are cars looking for spaces, motion on over to take yours.
In life showing gratitude whether it be for physical, material, other good deeds done unto you, can be the most rewarding lift for you. Remember a smile is free, makes other feel good, acknowledges that you value the other person, even if you have never met them.
My spark gratitude: Thank you to everyone who, over the weeks, has made me feeling warmly welcome, encouraged, needed and worth mattering about.