National Thank You Note Day

December 26 is National Thank You Note Day. The idea is to thank people for their gifts, hospitality, and generosity.  This doesn’t have to be related to Christmas or other holidays. Last year, I sent out cards thanking people for all the help they had given me during the previous year. It was an important step for me to not only appreciate others but for me to show more gratitude. That’s not something I had done well before. Gratitude is another part of being kind to others. They say it’s better to give than to receive. And it’s better to give gratitude and appreciation than anything else.

Many people will complain they didn’t like a gift from someone. Others will say it’s the thought that counts. Even if you didn’t like a gift, write a thank you note anyway. Thank the person for thinking of you. Thank them for the thoughtfulness. You don’t have to mention whether you liked the gift or not. But don’t be a Negative Nancy. Appreciate the person’s kindness. Appreciate getting a gift at all. Some people don’t have families or friends. They don’t receive gifts or celebrate. So, thanks others for gifts they sent. And keep an eye out for those who might feel alone. Thank them for being around.

Poetry Monday: Having Gratitude in Times of Pain

I try to appreciate what I have
And try to ignore the things that I want
I always get exactly what I need
And happiness is just there within me
I accept my world as it truly is
But some things still push me towards the darkness
Like walking a tight rope, I keep balance
And try ever so hard not to fall in
I cannot lose to the darkness again

From the poetry collection Men Are Garbage.