Piglet is quite a philosopher on life.
Something which isn’t practiced as much as it should be is the value of gratitude. When a friend helps you with something such as cleaning your home or coming over with meals when you’re sick do you say, “That’s so kind of you?” If a colleague takes care of your work in addition to theirs do you say, “Thanks for stepping in when I needed you most?” When your doctor takes time to educate you about your illness do you say, “Thanks for helping me understand my disease?” Thanking these people for their help is the expected thing to do. That’s the way we have been raised.
An employment counsellor in a job search seminar told us only a few job applicants send a thank you note to the person who interviewed them. He said those who communicate thankfulness to their prospective employer stand out from all the other applicants.
Consider another way you can show a spirit of thankfulness is by helping those who helped you. Return the kindness given to you. A dear friend of mine says, “The best way people I help can show their thanks is by paying it forward. Do a random act of kindness for someone else.”
Husbands, tell your wives they are a blessing to you. Wives, tell your husbands how blessed you are to have them.
Karen, you are such a beautiful blessing of God’s love. You love me. I hold you in my arms and feel the sweet caress of your spirit. In all the hate and terror of this world, you are a safe harbor to cling to, to hear my heart. You make me laugh. You have such a soothing and passionate singing voice. You know me like no other. You see beyond my challenges to who I truly am and yet can be.
Parents, tell your children how much you love them. Embrace them like you never have before. Show them love is not so much in the giving of things, but more in the giving of your time. Enter the world of your children by being willing to let your inner child come alive.
Please take time to reflect on this thought.“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu
Kevin Osborne is training to become a psychotherapist, priest and chaplain through St. James the Elder University in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife, Karen, plan to open a counselling practice. Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking additional graduate studies there. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada.
Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.