First what are your thoughts to the following questions?
- Are you absent-mindedly polite? – When you say “thank you” to someone for something they have done, is it said as a reflex or is it said purposeful?
- Of what are you thankful? – That person who bagged your groceries, what transpired that had you grateful?
Just for Today, as you go through the day, when others have been kind, helpful, or simply friendly, add two actions to the experience, then look in the individual’s face and say “thank you.”
- Pause a moment and fully appreciate what another person is doing for you. Whether it be something as common as smiling at you for holding the door, or something more unexpected, such as the individual who helps you navigate the children and your grocery cart to and into your car. Pause and thoughtfully thank them for their assistance.
- Ponder an activity or service provided by another whose assistance makes your life run more smoothly, yet saying “thank you” is usually forgotten.
For Example: The person who bags your groceries. So often we simply pick up our bag, quickly say thank you, and walk out to the car. Today, stop and let that person know their assistance is appreciated.
So Just for Today … Be aware when you voice that simple phrase "thank you.” Feel the beauty of a well-placed show of appreciation.
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