Yes, folks, I’m back, and I hope to continue posting regularly now. The last six weeks have been crazy ones, and I’ve learned a lot over that time. I’ve learned the importance of establishing priorities in our lives, the need for managing our time — and our emotions — and most of all, I’ve come to more fully understand the value of those simple words, “Thank you.”
Even during the bleakest, most challenging moments, at those times when the whole world seems to be crashing down around us, taking time to count our blessing and express our gratitude truly works wonders.
Does that message seem trite? It’s bandied about a lot, and because having “an attitude of gratitude” has become such a cliche “catch-phrase”, it’s easy to roll our eyes, mutter, “Yeah, yeah,” and go on. After all, we’ve got problems to deal with. Real life isn’t so simple that a few little words will make a difference. Right?
Having an attitude of gratitude does make a difference in our lives. It affects not only us, but the people around us, especially when we show them — through words and deeds — how much we appreciate them.
Please, the next time your life turns chaotic, when problems seem to be flying at you from all directions and troubles are threatening to get you down, take a moment to step back. Look at all the good in your life. Look at the people who are there for you. Then, most of all, say those words aloud.
“Thank you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for all you do.”
Today, as I return to the online world and begin blogging again, I want to say those words to every reader. Thank you. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for standing by me and showing your support. Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, and good wishes you’ve sent to me and my family over these last few weeks. Please know that you are appreciated, even more than words can say.