Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and thankful for the many blessings that have been provided to you and your family. Oftentimes we don’t take the time to say “thank you” for everything that we have. It’s easy for us to notice what we don’t have, but we don’t necessarily always take the time to notice what we do have. Thanksgiving is also a time for family and being together, celebrating our families, our relationships, our friendships. It’s a time to give and a time to be thankful.
This Thanksgiving why not say thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life. Someone who you look up to as a positive role model. I have a lot of people in my life that have been a positive influence in my life, but I would have to say that the most important person in my life and the person I always look up to is my mother. She is the epitome of strength, courage and love. My mom has some pretty major health issues, but she’s always smiling and always going the extra mile not only for her children, and grandchildren and my father, but for anyone who needs help. She never says no when you ask her to do something. She still loves to make meals for our family and adores having everyone together. My mom never gives up. Just when you think you’ve had enough, Mom calls and everything is better. I don’t say thank you to her often enough for everything that she is and everything that she does for my family and I, but I will be sure this Thanksgiving to go the extra mile and say “Thank you Mom, I am grateful for you and for everything you do, every single day!” She is such a strong woman, who never lets her health issues take over. My mother is a blessing in our lives and I want her to know how much she means to me.
You probably have someone in your life that you could say thank you to. Is there someone who has made a difference in your life? It could be a parent, a sibling, a family Physician, a teacher, a friend, another family member (ie. Aunt, uncle), a partner, or even a child. Think about what that person has done for you and why you want to thank him or her. When you approach them to say thank you, make sure you have examples of why you appreciate them and why you are wanting to say thank you. That makes it extra special when you’re reaching out to say thank you to that person, because it shows that you’ve actually put some thought into it and you are being sincere in what you’re saying to that person.
I recently had someone who I went to high school with reach out to me. She was bullied regularly and I used to stick up for her and ask her bullies to leave her alone because we sat in some classes together. It didn’t phase me that I was helping her, just felt I was doing what I needed to do and not allow the bullying to happen in front of me. As we all know, bullying is just plain wrong and not acceptable. This friend of mine called me up about a month ago and told me that she wanted to say thank you to me for always being her friend in high school and always helping her with the bullies. She told me how much it really meant to her and that she never forgot everything that I did for her. She told me that I made a difference in her life. If it hadn’t been for me, she said she probably would have given up on life, but instead she now has a beautiful family. I was completely touched and totally caught off guard, but it meant the world to me to receive that call and hear her message to me. Just the word thank you goes a long way.
Let us know who you are going to thank this Thanksgiving. It’s not only necessary at Thanksgiving but always to thank those who have inspired you and helped you through life one way or another. Sign up for your free 365give membership and write your thank you story. Let other members know who you are going to thank or someone who has thanked you in the past. How did it make you feel??