Monday, 8 October 2012

Day 8: Be Thankful in Relationships




It took me at least a month of thinking to come up with a topic for Canada's Thanksgiving Monday within my series topic.  I could have done a "Relationships I'm Thankful For" type of post, but I wanted to do something more...besides, I worried I would forget someone and cause unintentional offence! (Yes, I over-think things.)

So today I want to talk about being thankful within relationships.  It is too easy for me to take relationships for granted.  It is not enough to love someone.  If that's all you do, how will they ever know?  It's not even enough to just say the words, "I love you" (Although I could stand to hear those words a lot more often!).  We need to show our love.  And one way to do that is with gratitude.

When was that last time you said thank you when your loved one did something for you?  It doesn't need to be a grand gesture before you are obligated to say thanks.  There is a lot of power in expressing thanks for the little things, like my husband cleaning up the supper dishes, or my five-year-old getting her own breakfast, or my three-year-old making it to the potty on time or putting on his own shoes.

And don't forget to do something nice for them too, even if they don't say thanks.

Whether you're Canadian or not, go find someone to say, "Thank you" to today.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!




Both pictures in this post were taken by my daughter right after she had gotten breakfast for herself and her brother for the very first time.


3 comments:

  1. A lovely post! I think having a small child who we are teaching to say "thank you" for things reminds us to model it. And we realize how little we used to! A thank you goes such a long ways... :)

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  2. Joanna,
    I wanted you to know I featured you in my blog! Thanks for the spice labels! LOVE THEM!
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    Dawn

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  3. Awwww! Thank you, Joanna, for being such a great friend! I love you!!

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