Monday, April 16, 2007

Saying "Thank You" Is More Than Good Manners - It Is Good Spirituality...

I have been making a concerted effort lately to be more grateful, more appreciative, of the people and privileges that I am fortunate enough to have in my life.

Trying to take less for granted - because it is all too easy to get wrapped up in the whirling carnival that is modern-day life; all too easy to forget to say "Thank You"; all too easy to ignore just how lucky I really am.

On a day like today, when my heart just aches for the parents of the Virginia Tech students - that lesson really hits home. The people that we have in our lives should never be taken for granted...

Today, I held Schecky just a little tighter when I picked him up at school. Today, I remember to really listen when Bubba is telling me about his day, giving him my full and undivided attention. Today, I redouble my effort to tell the universe "Thank You"...




And as I sat in front of the keyboard, struggling with how to express how important this need to say thank you is, and how to do so without sounding maudlin, I heard the sound of the postman's footsteps on the porch.

And in the strange and mysterious way in which the world works - there was a package for me in the mail's daily offering...

The incredibly sweet and thoughtful MéLisa had selected me to be the recipient of a Calculated Act of Kindness... And in the mail was the most darling chickdee card (and you know how I feel about chickadees!) and the most perfect black and white headband...

CAOK


Thank you, MéLisa. Thank you so very, very much...
This sweet gesture has touched me more than I can adequately express today...

9 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, you have taken the words right out of my head. Hope was a fussy little lady last night, but I still spent every moment loving her. You never know what will happen & have to cherish each moment and express your love.

Here in N. VA, near DC, there are so many families with children at VA Tech & so many graduates, so this tragedy is really hitting close to home.

Katkat said...

That card is bueatiful and you deserve it!

Rhonda said...

In light of today's post, I think you would really appreciate this website: http://www.wearewhatwedo.org/do_something/actiondetails.php?pid=1360

I don't think it's going to hotlink for me, but please cut and paste. I can *almost* guarantee you'll love what you read.

XOXO

laeroport said...

There is, indeed, so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for you, my dear.

Chickadee, chickadee fly through my window...

oilclothjunkie said...

Thank you for putting such kind and good thoughts out there. :)

Leah said...

That is a lovely card and so fitting that you are speaking on this now. We should all be a little more mindful of this everyday!

African Kelli said...

Lovely! And I agree with you. I need to take more time to say thank you and to enjoy the little things in life. A very good reminder. Thanks!

MéLisa said...

Sorry I have been so MIA, but I am so glad that you got the little goodies. You are more than welcome. Thank you for listening to all my whining of late.

bekka said...

that is a darling card, and look at your headband, too. when you mentioned the photo in the other post, i wasn't sure what all that together was. but now i know and i just feel stupid. but that's okay. i needed a stupid moment today.

i'm still in denial about the whole VT event. it's so tragic.