Thanks & Gratitude

Kiana speaking at church about gratitude in 2012.

As we move into the holiday season, it only seems appropriate to speak about being gracious and thankful.  I’ve been wanting to write about this for quite some time.  It came to a realization when I was with someone that I had given something small to for the umpteenth time, and she took it without saying thank you.

I was so frustrated that I had to tell someone who mutually knows us. And she replied simply, “She never says thank you.  But YOU always say thank you.  Always. And it’s always good to be around you because of it.”

In my own family, I am a stickler for this.  My daughter knows full well that “thank you” are two simple words that represent good manners and are imperative when interacting with others. When we pray at dinner, we acknowledge the gifts prior to receiving them.  When we’ve prayed with her at night since birth, we thank God for the day, friends & play and the people in our lives. And our family does have an unspoken rule that thank you notes are written and sent in a timely manner.  

I truly believe that the good fortune in my life has been contingent on the gratitude that I have.  And if we continue to be thankful for the gifts we have been given, small or large, it will guide us to new and better things that we haven’t even dreamed of.

I hope this resonates with you, and I thank you so much for being a part of my amazing world.

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