The Power of Gratitude

I have been happily married for many years. It is by no means a perfect relationship but it is as close as two fallible humans can make it. There are days when we fight. There are day when we can barely speak to each other. There are blissful days. There are nearly perfect days. Most days are somewhere between perfect and not speaking. However, every day we are careful to say thank you and please.

It is a simple thing. After so many years, it may seem that we could stop with the niceties. On the other hand, being polite is not just something we are doing. It is something we are expressing. Our nicety is expressing our respect for each other. We are giving the gift of Respect, even in the midst of a fight.

There is no way to express just how important the words Thank You are. Think of how you feel when someone gives you the gift of gratitude. Two simple words, which express your true gratitude, can make the difference in the lives of those closest to you and to stranger you never encounter again.

Try it for the rest of this week. Try it with your spouse. Try it with your children. Try it with your boss or your subordinates. Try it with strangers. Say thank you. Say thank you and mean it. Look them in the eye and express your try gratitude. You will be amazed at how different you will feel. You will also be amazed at how people will respond to you.

I would be remiss if I did not say Thank you! Thank you for being a part of my journey. Thank you for the encouraging words you send to me.

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