Now there’s a concept that the people who don’t like “wokeness” will really have a time with! They’re always big on how if poor people were more grateful for what they were getting, they would take better care of their homes, cars, clothes,…and they would last longer and so on so forth. Sometimes I get fed up with them, but most of the time, it’s just better to tune the bastards out. They don’t know what they are talking about. That means it’s not worth my time and energy to try to either: A. educate them, mainly because they think they know more than I do and won’t learn anything anyway, or B. I’ll just get angry and beat my head against a brick wall and have only a bruised head for my trouble. Never mind.
I do like this quote, though. You need to not only feel gratitude, but express it and follow through or you and it will cease to exist at all. Electricity is like that. You can only store so much energy, then it must be discharged in some fashion either in one burst or in a controlled way.
Gratitude does have energy and it is a positive energy. It makes you (giver) and the other person (receiver) feel warm and connected. You appreciated something that they have given to you whether a service, feeling, or object and it elicited an emotional response that was positive. By expressing that response, the circle is completed.
Rural people are known for being generous of their resources to travelers and wanderers. We know how far it might be to the next town or city and how much effort it is going to take to get there. We’re willing to help people who just need a little extra. Southerners in general are welcoming and warm. It’s not just those pecan pies, banana puddings, and hummingbird cakes either. If a storm hits, we’ll be over with the chain saws to help neighbors clear the trees off fence lines and houses. Or help sit with dogs and cats when there’s illness in the family and you have to be gone. We’re just there. Never expecting something in return.
You don’t ever take things for granted, though. Being grateful is trained into us. Expressing gratitude is something that we learn from the time we are toddlers. Receiving things is great, but giving thanks for what you get is even better and woe be unto the child who neglects her/his thank yous!
Giving gratitude or thanks should be a year around thing. We celebrate the fall harvest time now with a feast with relatives, friends, and words of thanks. Let us all be in recognition that we live in relative peace and comfort while others are in war and pending winter’s deprivation and cold in Ukraine. Europe will be cold, too, because of Putin’s decision to cut off their gas supply. We can and should send what aid we can to fellow human beings. I am grateful for what I have this night that I will sleep in a warm, safe bed. Somewhere over there, another woman will not. I can pay higher gas prices if it means she and her family gets blankets. I’ll just stay home a little more.
Thank you for reading my words. Thank you for being an American who votes and who cares about our country. Thank you for working to help others to have a better life.
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