My eldest son earned a new fishing rod this weekend after fishing with a starter set for a number of months. His dedication to and interest in the sport made it obvious that the next level of rod and reel would do more than just add to the coffers of the local sporting goods store and the timing just seemed right.
When he first took the gift in his hands his face lit up with a genuine thankfulness for what he had received. It occurred to me in that moment, as it has many times before, that true appreciation is one of the most heartwarming arrows in the quiver of human emotion. He met love with love and recognition with gratitude.
Isn’t that how life should be? When you receive something at the hand or by the word of another today, look to express your sincere thanks for their consideration. Don’t take anything for granted. Appreciate and acknowledge all of it. Even if that wonderful thing is buried under fifty or a hundred things you don’t like about another person or disapprove of for one reason or another, meet it with thankfulness and don’t expect or require anything in return.
The world is in great need of purification and of being uplifted and you are just the person to do it, so get to work!