“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern
There was a knock on the door last week. As I opened it I saw the postman. My mind started racing, ‘what book have I ordered that hasn’t come yet?’ The shape of the parcel was leading me to that thought. Then I turned the package over and read the sender information. A good friend’s name (to be honest, it was her nickname) appeared.
“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
On opening the package I was filled with gratitude. The card inside explained how my friend had seen this book and journal, thought of me, then decided that sending them through would be a good way to express her gratitude. Reading her words, as well as looking through the book and journal, reminded me of the ripples we create through our daily thoughts, words and actions, and the power of connection in our lives. It’s not how we communicate our appreciation and gratitude to each other that’s important. The important thing is that we find meaningful and authentic ways to do it!
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
Receiving this package then lead into me being down in Melbourne over the weekend for the wedding of some good friends. I was privileged to be able to act as MC during their reception as well. As I interacted, noticed, listened, shared and laughed, I was deeply moved by the variety of ways that those in attendance found themselves communicating their appreciation and gratitude of those around them. I am definitely feeling like my ‘bucket is full’ and completely inspired as I begin this new week.
“Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins
I’ve written before that I thoroughly believe that connection is the glue that holds our humanness together. Well, expressing our appreciation and gratitude for the incredible contribution that individuals and groups in our lives facilitate for us seems like the only logical thing to do! Thank you! Sincerely, thank you! What opportunities will present themselves this week to make someone’s moment, hour, day, week and/or year through your thoughtful expressions of appreciation and/or gratitude?
“By the way, I’m wearing the smile that you gave me.” – Unknown