Saying ‘Thank You’
Gratitude to me is not only understanding and acknowledging the blessings in your life but carrying the appreciation of those blessings forward into others’ lives. I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the life I have been given and the people I get to share this life with and I want to actively show others that gratitude. From early on with my parents, down through my spouse, my kids, and now my grandkids, my life has been blessed.
My faith is so much a part of what I find myself grateful for each day. My faith and the gratitude I have fosters stronger friendships, it helps me to not worry about things so much because everything is good. It doesn’t mean we haven’t gone through difficult things but that gratitude for life, for faith, for family and friends is what gets you through those difficult times.
Gratitude is giving back to the places you care about and saying ‘thank you’ to the people and places that have made a difference in your life, whether financially or through volunteerism. In everything I do, I realize it’s because I have a life I’m very grateful for.
— Phyllis Ahlstrand