As seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog some time ago – “There’s not a day goes by when I don’t get up and say thank you to somebody.” (Rod Stewart)
Sometimes we may think that famous or very wealthy people are completely self-made successes; however, most of them would echo Rod Stewart’s message that they are thankful to someone. It may be someone from their past who set them on the course that they took to that success or maybe someone who took the time to pull them back from a bad course that they were on. Maybe it was a parent, a teacher, or a pastor, or just a BFF who took the time and had enough concern about them to take the time to work with them or just be with them in times of need.
Think about your own life and how many times a parent or teacher or others helped you, even when you didn’t want to be helped at the time. How many times did you say thank you back then? If they are still here, why not go back and do it now? Every day is a good day to thank someone. You can start each day by thanking God for giving you another day and then think about who else deserves a thank you.
Not every “thank you” has to be for some life changing event or effort that someone made on your behalf. Saying “thank you” to someone who holds a door open for you is important, too. It is an acknowledgement of their kind gesture and an acceptance of the
fact that we all need help from someone from time to time. We are not self-made nor self-sufficient. We live in a society, not in a vacuum; and that society is dependent upon cooperation between its members. Sometimes that cooperation is called help and sometimes it is called intervention and all of us in this society may need a little of both from time-to-time.
I think it is important to start each day in the frame of mind that you will make the effort to recognize the tings both big and small that deserve a “thank you” and make sure to do it at the time and not regret later never having said it to that person. Saying thank you has a double sided benefit; it makes the person that you said it to feel good about themselves and what they did and it makes you feel good about having acknowledged their contribution to your day or life. Saying thank you is a win-win for all concerned. Think about how big that win will be for you, if you start by saying thank you to God each morning. His will be one “You’re welcome” that you don’t want to miss.
Thank you for reading this post. Who can you thank today?
Thank-you Norm for the good advice, and for reminding us to always be thankful to others.