Gratitude is powerful

Thank you noteBeing appreciated without expectation is refreshing.

My nine-year-old woke up in the middle of the night Wednesday with the stomach flu. She got sick 10 or more times during a 24-hour period. Three throw-up bowls were in the rotation because I couldn’t clean them fast enough.

In the midst of it, she walked to the kitchen sink, where I was washing two of the three bowls, and handed me a handmade thank-you note. I was stunned.

“I’m your mommy,” I told her. “That’s my job.”

She smiled, gave me a hug and returned to the couch.

On the inside, the card says, “You are always there for me. Thank you so much!”

That thoughtful gesture changed my day. I was not only turned around from the sudden change in our usual schedule, but also exhausted. I was in auto-mom mode, cleaning and trying to make her comfortable. I was adhering to the KISS principle, putting my work and to-do list out of my mind and focusing on where I was needed. To know that she sincerely appreciated it warmed my heart and made me feel special.

Someone is doing something nice for you. It could be a loved one, taking care of you when you’re sick, or a restaurant server pampering you for 45 minutes by seeing to it that your beverage glass is constantly full. Try not to take it for granted!

Please, tell that person in your life – whether it’s a loved one or someone you encounter for just a few minutes – thank you for doing what they do. It could make their day, or at least put a smile on their face.

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