This is the week of Thanksgiving. All over Social Media, people are posting pictures with “we are thankful” or “thankful for us” banners. I find that people can easily express their gratitude in the virtual world of social media yet in the real world expressions of gratitude are far and few in between. 

I have been to the grocery store numerous times this past week and numerous times people have cut me off to get ahead of me in a check out line or raced around me in the parking lot to get to a parking space. Where is their expression of gratitude?

When I feel surrounded by people who seem to be more consumed with their world whether it be virtual or reality, I have to take a pause and really focus on my world, what really matters, what am I grateful for? For me it’s the love and support of my family and friends. I am so grateful for my health and for all that I have when I know so many are without. When I take a moment to reflect, I realize that gratitude is within all of us, if we take a moment  to express and share it, we can all make a difference. 

Today in the parking lot at the supermarket, instead of focusing on the rude drivers in the parking lot, I looked around and witnessed all the good things happening like the man who always has a smile in front of the store ready to load your packages into your car. I walked up to him and thanked him for his service and always making everyone’s else’s day better.

How will you express your gratitude this Holiday Season?

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