Thankful Thursday – On Being Grateful

scattered cream-coloured cards with thank-you written in silver script

Life is hard. Stuff happens that’s out of your control. People move, leave, die. You have to take your cat to the vet and not come back home with him. (Us, on Monday) But people also do amazing things for others with no other motivation than it’s the right thing to do, and it feels good.

Years ago, I lamented the rarity of the thank-you wave in traffic. Now it seems, the verbal thank-you is becoming less common and the written one is virtually extinct.

I still love sending and receiving old-fashioned cards. You can buy a pack of four thank-you cards with silver lettering on thick, cream card stock at Michaels for $1.50. I’ve always got some in stock. I never know when an occasion might come up and it’s good to be prepared. A little hand-written note, a stamp and ba-da-bing, you’re showing gratitude and possibly even making someone’s day.

A little white box surrounded by colourful, calming cards with titles like love and let go. Beaded bracelets are also piled nearby

I get it. Sometimes it’s difficult to feel grateful when the kid is sick and the boss is pissed off and the car breaks down and dinner burns, all at once. But we should. And I need reminders, too. That’s one reason I love these Intention Cards by our friend Jodene. (Visit Brilla by Jodene on Facebook)  I keep the box on my desk and before I open up my laptop, I pull one out and consider its meaning for a bit.

In a recent discussion, a philanthropist (who would rather not be named) said he hears from less than 25% of organizations he raises money for. That’s how few say THANK YOU to this person for all they do. It floored me. This wealthy man chooses to use his powers for good, but he rarely even gets a nod from those groups he helps.

I know of another event manager who dedicated an entire evening to a cause, only to have them behave ungratefully when a check for thousands of dollars was presented to them. “We expected more.” The same amount of effort, planning and dedication went into the event, regardless of what this charity’s Executive Director expected. And people gave. But she didn’t seem to care.

No matter what’s going on in life, there is someone much worse off who’s wishing they had what you have. Didn’t get exactly what you wanted? Change your mind about what you want and want what you have. It’s a point of view I haven’t always been able to maintain, but I’m trying. And if I haven’t said it lately, thank you for visiting. I’m grateful for your time and comments.

3 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday – On Being Grateful”

  1. … and you’re very welcome. A laugh, a smile or just something silly or something to make me stop and think is why I continue to come back.

  2. Lisa, So very well said. And how sad and thoughtless that people don’t say thank you and feel grateful for that man’s generosity….or for time spent out of the generosity of their hearts. I still send thank you notes or just a note to say “I’m thinking of you” through the mail…not as often as I should, but feel it is a worthwhile endeavour. I love your sentence ” Didn’t get exactly what you wanted? Change your mind about what you want and want what you have.” We need to be thankful for what we have. Thank you for a great post.

  3. Suzanne White

    and thank you for your blog – picks me up on a lot of days and I seem to agree on just about everything you share here. I know you had a very sad week yet you find the time to write. Thank you again

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