For some reason that really hit me this morning. It was while I was looking at the stack of toilet paper on my shelf. I was being thankful for the toilet paper because the day before I was down to my last roll. That is a sad state of affairs let me tell you. Am I the only one that feels better when I know there is a stack of toilet paper in my bathroom? I often wonder how the pioneers did it…..but I digress. The whole toilet paper incident got me thinking. I was thinking that the older we get the more thankful we are for the little things people do for us. We know that time, effort and thought goes into each little thing.
As children we take these things for granted. My Aunt Shiela often did little things for me when I was growing up. Now that I’m a mom I realise how much time she spent. She would have me over to decorate Christmas cookies every year. She would do the hard part and bake all of them. My cousin Amanda and I would just have to do the fun part and decorate them. She would also have me over every year to bake my mom a birthday cake. I was a very ambitious cake maker. I had access to all of my mom’s cake decorating books. Go big or go home right? And never once did she show impatience or get irritable by the size of my cake projects. Thank you Aunt Shiela for the wonderful memories.
Another thoughtful person who always does little things for people is my mother. She’s the best gift giver ever. Two of my favorites gifts from my mom were a gift box full of towels with a matching bath mat she gave me for Christmas. I really needed them. And a little pink carnival glass bud vase filled with real tiny rose buds and tied with a ribbon. It was so beautiful. I thought she bought it. She didn’t. She took the time to cut all of those tiny rose buds off of her rose bush and make a beautiful arrangement.
I have been guilty of thinking of myself before others. It is something I’m working on. I’m lucky I have these two giving women in my life to show me by their examples.
So how can I be more thankful and thoughtful in my life?
- When I see something someone would like pick it up for them. Don’t wait for a birthday or a special occasion to give a gift. I always think I will go back for the item but I never do.
- Let someone know when I’m thinking of them. Send them an e-mail, a text or even a real card. I often think of my family but I don’t let them know that I do.
- Search for opportunities to show my appreciation. I’m pretty good at being appreciative but I don’t go out of my way to show people I am thankful. A thank you and a smile can make someone’s day.
It’s interesting that some elements of our society are focusing on me me me and some elements of our society are focusing more on giving. I don’t think there’s a time before this where people were more able to share and show their appreciation for others. I think we need to show some appreciation for the generosity of our younger generations.