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Monday, April 27, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 27, Book 20


Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

Northup Christiane


April 27th - be grateful


Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have.  When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.

Steve Brunkhorst

Very often when we are thankful to someone we say, How can I ever repay you? We humans have always wondered how best to show our appreciation  to one another.  To often it seems impossible to adequately pay the debt of gratitude that we feel.

This question of how to give back has found a sort of counterbalance in recent years, as many of us are familiar with the idea of paying it forward.   We pass along to others the blessings we have received, since we know we can never do enough to pay God back.

This could be a random act of kindness, like paying for the coffee of the person behind you in the drive thru.  Or it could be more specific like volunteering at a food bank after your family has struggled to eat as well, or giving blood regularly in thanksgiving for a successful surgery.

What if our whole lives were lived as a way of giving back for all the good God had done for us.

No matter what our circumstances, we can always be kind  The deed does not matter nearly as much as the heart behind it. Sometimes all we have to offer is courtesy.  Say Good Morning , hold the door open, smile at someone and do not be offended if the deed is not reciprocated.

What we have, like our time and talent, should not be hoarded, but shared with others to see.  We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.  When you give others your time, some part of yourself, or share your possessions, you are connected to others. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Giving back to others opens a wealth of possibility, energy and love.


Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward.


6 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

A simple Thank You is a good way to start ...

Mevely317 said...

AMEN! A few days ago I chose to visit a specialty shop, knowing full well they were more expensive than their competitor a few miles down the road. Why? The last time I visited the latter, the staff was incredibly rude. Even when I smiled and said "thank you" the manager was more focused on getting me out the door. When I shared (that story) with this cheerful clerk, she just shook her head and concluded maybe that's why her business this month has multiplied threefold. It doesn't cost anything to be kind.

jack69 said...

My comment is just YOU, a quote I really like:
What we have, like our time and talent, should not be hoarded, but shared with others to see. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.
AMEN!
Love from here, be as safe as you are sweet!
Sherry & jack

betty said...

Simple thank yous do go a long way! We can't smile these days at people as we are wearing masks out and about, but we can still be kind in other ways, just have to be more clever to do so. I used to like to look for people finishing up loading their trunks at grocery stores and often would offer to take back their carts for them. Can't do that any more these days. Have to think of something new for random kindness.

betty

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE THIS:
What if our whole lives were lived as a way of giving back for all the good God had done for us.

Rick Watson said...

My beekeeping mentor has gone above and beyond this spring helping me navigate how to care for our bees.
I and truly grateful and thankful for my friend.