November 28

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 28: “Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone’s entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives.” ― Roy T. Bennett

No matter who we are or what we do, it is important to feel appreciated. We do things every day that may go unnoticed. When we are noticed and seen and loved for who we are and regularly thanked for what we do, we thrive.

There is no reason for us to not constantly thank the Universe and all its people for the way our lives are. We don’t always know what is going on. It does not matter. Thank everyone, all day long, for the things they do.

Some people will say, “That is their job. They should do that anyway.” No matter. Thank them. We all have work to do on this planet. Wouldn’t life feel more blessed and lovely if we were thanked by all we work for and with each day? It makes us feel better and we can certainly always use the kudos.

So can others! We all want to be appreciated and loved.

What if we spent the entire day recognizing and thanking every single moment of our day? It would be a stupendous feeling for us and for everyone we encounter. Even when we think other people are treating us badly. Just say “thank you.”

See what happens to you and to them. And thank your computer, phone, car, appliances, heater or cooler for the work they do. Set aside a moment every so often to look around and thank your seat, your TV, your spoon and fork and plate and cup and teapot and printer and door and clothing and shoes and glasses (if you wear them!) … you get the idea.

Thank your eyes and ears and heart and lungs and kidneys and feet and legs and hands and arms and neck and spine and guts and bottom and face and tongue and hair…all of it!

Thank your brain and your boss and your dentist and your doctor(s) and medicine you may need to take. Thank the weather and the sun and the moon and water and animals and trees and flowers and growing fields of healthy food, and grocery stores and people who cook.

Thank the gas man and the mailman and the waiter or waitress. Thank the other drivers who DON’T run you off the road or pull in front of you without warning. Thank those who do. Thank the newsman and the lady who takes your money at the drive through and the people who build roads and take care of them.

Thank the banker and the animals you have at home. Thank the people who made your furniture and your blankets and sheets. Thank the people who made your home and windows…I really love windows! And electricity and wifi. OMG! The world would end today without wifi!

So, you see, there is SO much to be grateful for and so many things we take for granted. Just pay attention to all that happens without your having to think about it! We are so rich and so richly blessed.

Take a big portion of your day every day to be mindful of all that is going well for you and you will see how incredibly great your life is. Thank the coffee maker and those who speak in a meeting, along with the person who setup the chairs and unlocked the building.

Thank yourself for learning to see life in this new frame of reference. See how many times you can look someone in the eye and acknowledge that they did something that is contributing to your life in any small or large way. Pay attention! Let them know you are aware of them and their work, even when (Especially when!) we may not like what they are doing!

Thank them anyway. Keep your criticism and judgments for another time. That is your program…work it alone! No need to share it with that person!

Just thank them. They are teaching you to be less judgmental and less of an asshole. That, too, is a great gift. We do not need any assholes in this town…or anywhere really. They are not necessary!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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