“Saying thank you is more than good manners, it is good spirituality.” -Alfred Painter
“A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” -Bruce Wilkinson
I am going to start off by posing a question:
“How do you feel when someone says thank you to you?”
I know that when someone tells me thank you, I feel appreciated and noticed. It makes me feel good and grateful. Currently, I do not have a job outside of the home, but when I did hearing the words “thank you” always made me want to do more. As a mother, sometimes I feel like what I do gets taken for granted, so hearing the words “thank you” is always a nice reminder.
Let’s pose another question:
“How do you think others feel when you tell them thank you?”
I bet others feel the same way. Appreciated, noticed, and may be motivated to keep doing more. I think it can also be a small reminder that we all need someone, at some point in our lives. We are all connected, by acts of kindness. Ripples upon ripples of gratitude. When you tell someone thank you, it is a small moment, but it has the potential to cause many ripples.
So here is a thought:
“Shouldn’t you tell yourself thank you?”
If you know how good it makes you and others feel to hear those words, then don’t you think you deserve to tell yourself thank you? What would saying “thank you” to yourself do for you and your self-worth? I strongly believe that the words “thank you” are only the beginning. I stated earlier that I few them as ripples. A simple thank you, could turn someone’s day around or encourage them to do something for someone else. If people feel appreciated, it is going to help them to continue to do their jobs at an exemplary level.
So imagine what you could do for yourself, with just two little words:
Not sure what you should say thank you for? Here are a few ideas:
- For trying.
Thank yourself for trying to be a better friend, partner, mother, spouse, etc… Trying goes a long way in my book, so give yourself a little bit of credit. Have you helped a friend out lately? Gone out of your way to help a loved one? Thank yourself for trying.
- For taking care of yourself.
Have you started any new year’s resolutions or goals? Drink less? Drink more water? Make healthier meal options? Work out more? Tell yourself thank you. Realize that you are important and you deserve to be taken care of. You can not give to others from an empty cup.
- For not giving up.
Was 2018 a year full of trials and tribulations? Did you feel like giving up? Thank yourself for getting up every single morning. Thank yourself for continuing to try again, even when the world was whispering “you can’t.” Thank yourself for getting through. Are you still working on big dreams? Thank yourself for not giving up on your goals. I am grateful that I pick up my laptop every day, even on days where I don’t feel like it.
- For doing the right thing.
Did you have to make the choice to protect your heart a bit more? Did you have to take a step back from loved ones? Thank yourself for realizing that you can’t control others, only yourself. Thank yourself for giving them a little space. Pray for them. Love them. Thank yourself for not allowing someone to hurt you, while they are in the midst of their own personal pain.
- For your moments of weakness and your mistakes.
We are only human. We all sin. We all make mistakes. These are the moments that we learn who we truly are and what we stand for. Thank yourself for acknowledging that you aren’t perfect, but you want to keep striving to be better. Thank yourself for knowing that moments of weakness don’t make you a weak person. Thank yourself for realizing that sometimes you need to ask for help.
- For being kind.
Did you make a stranger smile today? Did you hold the door for a mom that has her hands full? Did you buy a burger for the guy on the street corner? Tell yourself thank you for thinking of others and giving selflessly.
- For all the things you do that make you proud.
I recently wrote a blog post about why you should be proud of yourself. You can read it in its entirety here.
Do you tell yourself thank you? What would you tell yourself today?
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31