It’s Thanksgiving week in America, so many of us have a heightened sense of all the blessings – big and small – that we enjoy.
As Tom and I approached the checkout counter at the grocery store yesterday, our regular cashier drawled out in her cheerful, southern tone, “Hi! How y’all doing?”
I was suddenly overcome with thankfulness for her consistent, joyful service. We’ve never had a less-than-stellar experience at her station. Never. And we’ve seen her hundreds of times.
I found myself expressing my thanks out loud to her, and Tom followed suit.
You should have witnessed her smile. Ear to ear, and a mile wide.
“Well, I sure try!” She laughed.
As we left, I thought about our tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for around the Thanksgiving dinner table, and I realized I don’t always look for ways to state my thankfulness beyond my front door.
After seeing our cashier’s reaction, I resolved to be more purposeful about it. What other opportunities present themselves on a daily basis?
- The server at a restaurant who stays on her feet all day and good-naturedly deals with demanding customers.
- The faithful mail deliverer.
- The UPS driver who carefully drops off heavy packages our framer sends.
- The product demonstrator at my local grocery who always gives my kids a hug. (Thank You, Earlene.)
- The hotel receptionist.
- The hotel cleaning and maintenance staff.
- Uber drivers.
- Bus drivers.
- The many retail workers who choose to give a positive experience to their customers.
You get the idea. Our lives are full of opportunities to state our thanks to those who serve us.
No one is safe from a thank you, and it truly makes their day.
Will you join me in resolving to express your thanks in everyday situations?
Speaking of which, “Thank You” for faithfully following, reading, and commenting on my posts. It means the world to me when you take the time to do so.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!