Today I woke thinking about gratitude. Last night I was at the ballpark for a good 5 hours. Tis the season with 4 boys. I am team mom for one of the boys and I had the duty of handing out the snack tickets (I won't go into how I think it is ridiculous that kids need a reward to play sports). I was curious to see how many would actually say thank you. It was about half of the group. That half didn't even make eye contact or acknowledge that someone was actually giving them something that was a gift of sorts. I was glad my son said "thank you" and I hoped that this is something that he would do all the time. They are usually pretty good about that.
I sat down and thought about how little we actually show our thankfulness to others. At that moment, I received a text out of the blue from a sister soul mate whom I have never met. We are kindred spirits and I wish she lived close. She is always good to show thanks. Here is the message I received:
I mean who doesn't want to be told they are so great? I think she is so great too but I didn't send her the text. She took time out of her night to send me a quick text to let me know she was thinking about me and appreciated me. It put a smile on my face.
It made me realize while I do say thank you and I think about those I am thankful for all the time, I don't often send a random text or card in the mail expressing it to them. Maybe I am not much better than the boys grabbing the snack tickets without saying thank you. Maybe they too were thinking about saying thank you but just didn't do it.
I need to do better. It is really so easy to express our gratitude for others. It can change someones day.
Today I will try to show my thankfulness for others.
Today I am thankful for kind friends and thankful hearts.