Thanks: kindly or grateful thoughts; gratitude. An expression of gratitude.
Giving: The act of bestowing something to someone.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke
Thanksgiving; What does the mention of that word bring to your mind? Sitting at a bounty laden table with friends and family? Roast turkey, pumpkin pie? Oh Yeah! My mouth is watering already! Thanksgiving day is an American tradition; A time to reflect on God’s provision with the main purpose of expressing our gratitude for another year of His many blessings. But have you ever thought about exactly what it means to “give” thanks?
My mother, like most moms taught me from a very early age the importance of saying please and thank you. Once the lesson was taught the coaching went something like this… When I wanted something…”What do you say?” Of course the answer was “please”. And when I acquired the ________… “Now what do you say?” You got it…”THANK YOU!”
After a while and enough coaching, please and thank you can become a rote phrase, something like “Have a nice day” from the grocery clerk. But, Oh the power of a true and sincere expression of gratitude. How we take for granted the importance of those two little words. When someone has blessed us in some way, with their time, energy or with a monetary or sentimental gift, it is only natural to be grateful. But when we take the time to sincerely verbalize and/or write a thank you note, we are “giving” thanks. Gratitude expressed is a gift given in return that blesses and validates the one who initiates this wonderful circle of giving and receiving.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
Yes, I learned to say please and thank you form my mother, but I learned the real power of Thank You from Lee, my husband of 25 years. Even the simple act of cleaning house or cooking a simple meal rarely go unnoticed and certainly never unappreciated. Never do I feel taken for granted. His expressions of gratitude inspire me to notice all that he does and is for me as well. It is a spiral of love, giving, serving and showing honor to one another that grows ever wider as it is “fed”.
Yes, there are many times that I have received an act of kindness or benefited from an “expected” responsibility and failed to express my gratitude; A co-worker that took out the office trash, a grandchild that cleared their own dishes without being told. The store clerk who took the extra effort to smile and help me find an item. The moments when I have taken the time (and effort?) to say a sincere “thank you” have (most often) made a noticeable impact; a lifting of the shoulders, a smile of appreciation — powerful!
” Thanksgiving — It’s not just a one-time, special day of feasting but a good daily habit”
I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You, to you, my readers, those who take the time to read and respond to my newsletters, blogs and/or Facebook posts. May you be filled with joy this holiday season and may you be blessed as you watch for opportunities to express your gratitude as you share in the warm circle of Thanksgiving.