The Art of Graceful Gratitude Part II

A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward. St. Basil Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie Quotes courtesy of I have always had the grace (or curse) of knowing when a loved one’s time is near. While I have been blindsided a few times, most of the time I KNOW they are leaving. The past six months have given me the opportunity to thank THREE influential, supportive and caring people who improved my children’s lives in ways I may never know. I still have a few more to thank, and will be sending out cards in the next week or so to ensure I don’t wait until they too are at death’s door before I say “Thank You. I would not have made it without you.” I told all of these men that my family, that I would NOT have made it without their love and support. The day care dad showed what a dad IS. My daughter’s Godfathers (she lost both in the last year) were also instrumental in all of our lives. Their family kept my daughter every weekend for the first 3 years of her life. EVERY weekend. I worked with her Godmother, so they had jobs. But they really loved my girl child and wanted to share that love with her. Her other Godfather until his death was also available for anything she needed as well as my entire family. These relationships were forged in fire and purified by love. There was always give AND take, not just take, take and TAKE some more. I have friends right now who only call me when they want something. I can count of one hand how many times they reached out just to say hello. Of course, one can quash that rude behavior by answering the phone with “What do you want?” Works like a charm. Please share with the people who assisted you over the years your gratitude for all the things they have done. I know I would not have made it, had it not been for all the wonderful people God and grace put in place to help me raise my children. I am sure someone somewhere needs to hear that message today from you. So call them, drop in for a visit (and bring some goodies) and say hello. They will welcome and appreciate your kind gesture. Thanks for reading! Namaste