Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Teaching Gratefulness

Today's mail brought a pleasant surprise! A delightful thank you note from an eight year old girl whose family participated in the Countries of the World Fair. Besides being beautifully written, it was quite thoughtful.

Which got me to thinkin' . . .

Am I teaching my children to be grateful? Am I modeling that myself? Am I grateful to the people in my life (family, friends, my church family, neighbors, my students, my choirs' accompanists, and the list goes on) or do I take them for granted?

My little friend probably did not take that long to write her note, but the good feeling I got from reading it will last at least the rest of the week! It certainly made my day! Now I need to remember to thank someone today!

1 comment:

Mamma D said...

I just bought a new book, "The Creative Family" by Amanda Blake Soule, and it has a section on gratitude. I have to say that it really made me stop and think - am I modeling this to my children? I don't think I am doing as well as I ought to be, something I entend to start working on immediately. I agree with you, usually the effort put forth to show gratitude or thankfulness is very small, but the impact can be so much more than we know. Thank You for this post