Monday Morning Message | Be Thankful

Let’s take a look at the word “thankful.” When asked to describe it, the three top synonyms were grateful, appreciative and indebted.

What a nice feeling it is to feel grateful to someone for their support when needed, their prayer in times of turmoil, their constant friendship, the way they show their love or just for being there whenever they’re needed.

I sometimes forget to stop and just be grateful for all that I have and all that has come my way. It’s easy to grow accustomed to that “life is great” feeling; however, at any given moment there are millions of people throughout the world struggling to feel thankful. They look for simple pleasures… without finding them.

But EVERYONE is thankful when another person reaches out in kindness. What seems simple to you might mean the world to someone else. What we take for granted, others view as riches. Today I am truly thankful, and I will search to make another person’s life a little better by doing something small and unexpected. If you try it too, you will notice that a small smile will suddenly appear on your face, and your day will be even better!

Something to Think About:

It’s the small things that people remember. There’s a saying that goes something like this: People will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Feelings last for a very long time – good or bad. Let’s make some good memories and some good feelings this week!

Weekly Challenge:

Do something small that will have a HUGE impact of the life of others this week. Here are a few ideas:

  • Donate to your local food pantry.
  • Serve a meal to the homeless at a local shelter.
  • Take your old coats, gloves and scarves to the homeless as it starts to get cold in so many parts of the country.
  • Go to a senior home, and visit the very special people who reside there. Read to them, sing to them, take small gifts to them.

Words of Wisdom:

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” – Suze Orman

“The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” – Richard Carlson

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

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