National Thank You Month. I suppose this is appropriate, falling after the
gifting holidays as it does. Aside from thanking friends and relatives for the
gifts you received, there are other ways to put this month’s activity into
I noticed some
people on Facebook last year posting what they were grateful for each day. I’m
not sure I could come up with 365, but it’s a great exercise.
suggestion on the site is what our family does every year at the Thanksgiving
table. There are usually more than the normal number of people, so it takes a
while. The ones at the end are hurrying so the food won’t get any colder and
everyone is jealous of the person who goes first because he or she says everything
that everyone else wants to say and we all have to think of something else.
The last one on
that list is to do something nice for someone. That’s one that we could all do
every day. In fact, I’ve made this my goal for a few years now. My thinking is
that there’s not much I can do about the world’s problems. We should try, for
certain, but on a daily basis, my actions don’t change the world. I can make
someone’s day better, though. If I can get a grumpy grocery clerk to smile when
I tell her I like her haircut, it makes the day better for both of us.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of this. Some day I’d rather someone else
made it a goal to cheer me
ultimately, the only actions I control are my own. So cheering up another
person is the only option that is always open to me.
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