On Christmas Day, I called one of our writers here at Dishusbandmata as I happen to be the godmother of her last children – a set of three-year-old twins.
I wanted to find out how the children received their Christmas gifts (no, I didn’t buy them ).
She (Himo) told me that the girl twin ran to her and asked excitedly “Mummy, where is Santa? I want to thank him “
I could picture the moment but wondered if I could actually partake of it so I asked my friend if she recorded it and she replied in the negative as the child had run into the kitchen while she was cooking but she then told me “it made all the sacrifice worth it “
I thought about what that child did and I am not surprised at her reaction. It seems like, with increasing age, we uncannily lose our ability to receive gifts with spontaneous childlike thankfulness. We develop an entitlement mentality, sometimes start to expect things from people and then begin to measure their love based on the gifts they give us. When the gifts do not match our expectations, the need to say Thank You, unfortunately, is not a priority.
I never thought I would use this story but today as I thought about it, I was reminded there is a section on our website that says “Little Ones Teaching” and definitely this child reminded me on how good it is to appreciate what people do immediately or as soon as we possibly can. One good reason is you never know the extent of the sacrifice they made.
Our expression of gratitude should not only be tied to cash gifts or tangible gifts. Even intangible gifts like the gift of time a friend or spouse gives when we use up their time by telling them all of our problems or perhaps a phone call or text from an old acquaintance who keeps checking on us from time to time are all to be appreciated. Maybe this is the time to send a Thank you text back to them for their concern.
One of the issues with not expressing gratitude is that we sometimes make the giver begin to wonder if they have done right or if we felt insulted by their gifts. I for one, as much as within my power, prefer to give anonymously but in situations when I cannot help it and my giving is known, I am always happy to know the recipient appreciated it. It automatically puts them in the “next to do something for” list again!
This New Year, I am shocked that the first write up is this lesson from my darling goddaughter who I am so looking forward to seeing next week, but just in case you didn’t get what she taught,it is take time this year to appreciate what people do for you. It is one of the enhancers of friendships and definitely a key characteristic of a healthy relationship.
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