Thanksgiving Day Message: We Can Be More Thankful
What do you say to a waiter or waitress who returns to your table to refill your beverage glass? How about thank you? I know, that's his or her job, and it's because of customers like you that they have a job so they ought to be glad to serve you. All of that is true, but also everyone likes to feel appreciated, don't we now? A simple and genuine thank you to the waiter conveys a sense of appreciation, and to some people these words are more powerful than we might think.
One of the reasons I like the Thanksgiving Day holiday and season is because it helps us to focus on the important subject of thanksgiving. I know that we all have our reasons why we are thankful, but I especially want to zero in on those opportunities to be more thankful to those whom we tend to take for granted. For instance, my wife and I have been married for over thirty years. It is so easy for married couples, over time, to simply expect each other to keep doing what they do for each other. But genuine expressions of thankfulness in words and deeds go a long way toward maintaining a sense of feeling appreciated in marriage.
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I continue to be amazed at the sacrifices our troops make to keep our country safe and free. Yes, I know that most of them join the military because they want to serve their country. And yes, I know that once they join, that becomes their job. But again, everyone likes to feel appreciated. On that note, I say it's a good thing to show some love to that military family that you know and who can't be completely together this Thanksgiving Day because Mom or Dad is abroad in harm's way on our nation's behalf.