Gratitude: I don’t think there is anything worse than being around an ungrateful person… except perhaps being married to an ungrateful person…
One of my good friends is so appreciative, that whenever I talk to him, I realize that perhaps I had been taking some of those things for granted. For example, he thanks you for taking the time to talk to him, he thanks you for responding to emails… he thanks you for all the little things… which sometimes may seem silly, but when you sit to think about it he is actually much wiser than many people.
First of all, we should never take each other for granted. Just because someone does something for you doesn’t mean that they have to do it. Just because your parents love you doesn’t mean they have to. Just because your future spouse is kind and loving doesn’t mean that he has to be. And secondly, when you appreciate what someone does it makes them want to do more of it. Even if the thing is the person’s responsibility, wouldn’t you rather have someone that gladly does what he has to do, than someone that grudgingly does what he has to do?
So with that said… I pray that my future spouse and I are always appreciative of each other and we never take each other for granted. I pray that I am thankful every time he does what he has to do to take care of me, and I pray that he is thankful for the things I do as well. I pray that we are always thankful to God for bringing us together, and always thankful to God for keeping us together. I pray that no matter what we do to upset each other, we spend the time focusing on what is great about each other. I pray that we will always be thankful for the companionship, knowing that only death can separate us. And just like people count sheep when they can’t sleep, I pray that we count our blessings, and name each blessing one by one… starting with our love for each other.
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