The Art of Graceful Gratitude Part I

All that this world knows of living lies in giving -- and more giving; He that keeps, be sure he loses -Friendship grows by what it uses. Alexander Maclaren Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. Jacques Maritain Quotes courtesy of I attended a funeral on Saturday for the husband of my children’s day care mom. The mom passed away years ago, not long after my daughter left her care. Her family, because it was a family affair, took care of my daughter for 12 YEARS. My son was there about 5 years. They grew up with the grandchildren and I grew close to the children. We forged a relationship that has been tested by time and strife. No matter how long it has been, when we see each other, the love is real and joyous. No “where have you been?” drama. Nope, whenever I talked to one of the sisters, they always, ALWAYS thanked me for thinking about them. They thanked me! They were the gift to me and my family. I told their mom if my children misbehaved to beat their ass. That experience taught them how to get along, share, and work (because they always did their homework before I got home. All I had to do was check it.) They have never to this day resented being “beaten.” Today we have parents who cannot spell discipline screaming “You better not touch my child!” They are raising children who are ill mannered have no home training, discipline or respect for anyone. They were GIFTS. Talking to my son last night, I told him we had been blessed with the sheer multitude of people who stepped up, loved and guided them in their youth. That brings me back to the title of this post – Gracious Gratitude. I have always been a firm believer in showing gratitude. Not just lip service. Gratitude in action is what creates memorable long term relationships. Gratitude in action creates the opportunities for people to show up and assist when you thing they might not remember you at all. People remember how they have been treated. They recollect and it creates a love bond that does not die or wither. Treat people with gracious gratitude. The rewards are immeasurable. The joy you feel when giving with gratitude is priceless. Thanks for reading! Part II will post on September 7, 2013 Namaste