Always be Thankful

Fish Family Picture“As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that
the highest appreciation
is not to utter words,
but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

If you know me very well you know that I say thank you a lot. In my everyday life, I like to say, “Thanks, I appreciate you, or you’re wonderful.” Wherever I am I like to find the good in all people.
Being one of ten children reminds me of the times that after my mom had a baby the women from the church would bring over meals for two to three days. One day some of the women got their day mixed up, so we got two meals in one day. We were all sitting down at the table eating a wonderful dinner when we could see people coming up the driveway with dinner number two. Mom said, “O my goodness kids, we are getting another dinner. Quick, let’s hide everything in Mom and Dads bedroom.” When the second round of dinner came to our house mom was just as thankful as she was when the first dinner came. I think we pulled off the secret very well under the circumstances.
Do we thank the everyday people in our lives? When we are at the grocery store do we thank the bagger in the check out line? Do we thank our kids teachers at school or the person who gave the talk in church on Sunday?
Do you feel appreciated enough? This question reminds me of the person who never heard thanks enough. One day she made a big wonderful meal. Before everyone started eating she said, “I have worked hard on this meal, and before we start eating I would like a standing ovation.” Everyone clapped and cheered before they ate dinner.
Sometimes we need to point people in the right direction. Start saying what you want others to do for you. You will be amazed at what a better place this world is because you are in it. A thankful heart is always close to the riches of the universe.

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