Today is a day set aside to thank the many people in this Country who sacrifice their time, energy, and family life to allow us the freedoms we enjoy.
What would life look like if instead of only thanking people once or twice a year, on special occasions and holidays set aside to remember, we showed an attitude of gratitude everywhere we went?
What would the cashier at the grocery store say if you looked her in the eyes and thanked her for the friendly service? What would the waitress at your favorite restaurant do if you left a 25% tip instead of the standard 10-15%? What if you poured your co-worker a cup of coffee when you went to refill your own, or paid it forward by buying the person’s meal behind you in a fast food line?
What about if you started showing that same consideration to your own family; making your husband’s favorite dessert “just because” or volunteering to be in charge of baths and bedtime so your spouse could have some “me” time? What about getting home from work early and raking the leaves or cleaning out the garage? How would your kids react if you got off the couch and played their favorite game with them or volunteered to take over one of their weekly chores for the night?
What would the world look like if we all took the time to make life just a little happier for someone else instead of focusing only on our needs, our wants, or our busy schedule?
Today, while we celebrate the sacrifices our military, police, firefighters, and their families make for us every day, let us choose what action we are going to actively participate in to continue making this Country a better place, a little bit every day. Who knows, maybe your attitude of gratitude will rub off on someone else and they will in turn keep the cycle going.