At the start of every year, I go through all of my medical appointments to check on my health. My life journey has provided me with many opportunities to experience challenges to overcome. While talking with my neurologists, we discussed work.

I am thankful to all of those who are part of my medical team and how they supported me during all of my health issues. Building trusting relationships with those you work with is critical and especially when dealing with health crisis issues.

Our conversation was about how over time, it seems as though things have changed a great deal with how people approach their positions and the way they feel about the jobs they job.

My health improved so much after leaving my place of work and finally retiring. It is well documented. Others can significantly impact you as an individual with emotions and your health. However, I am not retired as I work daily doing a variety of things each day.

Have you worked closely with someone who says, “I am not planning on staying here long; I am just doing this until I can find a different job.” Well, why are you here if you are not going to do your best and add value? If you already know you do not want to do this job and do not want to be here, do everyone a favor and skip it. It isn't enjoyable to work with others who do not want to be there. Do the best, be your best and help others as much as possible. Adding value to the work, we are doing each day leaves us feeling satisfied each day.

Today is a day you never get back. Why wouldn’t you want to make it as great as you can? Do what you love; love what you do! When I first started working, I was a babysitter. It was fun and fabulous. I have always loved kids! I then moved into working in a grocery store. This was a great job! I loved talking to people each week as they came in to get their weekly groceries. You would have your regular customers. I love people and talking to others. I am not sure if this holds in the world we live in today, but wouldn’t it be nice always to be looking to have positive conversations and interactions?

I had a few other odd jobs as I continued life and even worked for the medical corporation my doctor was working. We both agreed we needed more gratitude, helpfulness, empathy, and work to serve others better.

The thought for today is this leader: Listen for understanding to hear what is being said to us by those we serve. Sometimes it is not in the voices we hear but the whispers that echo to capture our attention. Not everyone is brave enough to say what is needed, but many will share whispers of the truths in conversations together or in other ways.

Express gratitude daily for the work being done and model the love of your work, especially with those you do it with each day.

I do not do these every Sunday, but I try to do them when needed. December is the best time to have “Spiritual Sunday,” but also a Making Monday Meaningful, Tuesday Terrific, Wednesday Wonderful, Thursday Thankful, Friday Forgiving, and Saturday Stress-free. December is a special month, and I find myself calm, joyful, and reflective during this time.

Being strong, courageous, and not afraid is so powerful when they are spoken in one sentence together. To accomplish them together takes the power of belief, hope, and love. Prayer is powerful, and when we consistently pray and are focused on the path God has directed for us, everything becomes clear, and support will be found. We can do all things!

As we begin each day and go through our daily routines, how often do you say and hear, “thank you?” I can think of countless times I listen to it and say it, but do we all know why?

I am sure I have not said thank you nearly as often as I should have, and I am sure others feel the same way. In our fast-paced world, are we teaching the importance of saying thank you? Are we teaching the why behind thank you?

When we neglect to say thank you to others, we are sending the message to them it is expected and their obligation to do nice things. Taking for granted the kindness displayed by others is one way to break down the system of gratitude.

Young men opening the doors for young ladies was something I knew was expected as I was growing up. It was a sign of respect for young ladies. I was a small child looking out the window and could see my sister's boyfriend always opening the car door for her. He came to the door to get her as well.

What does “thank you” really mean? It is an expression of gratitude given to someone to show appreciation for something they have said, shared, or done. The word “thank” stems from the Latin word tongēre. The root tong- means “think.” To interpret the root of the word, you may find, “I will remember what you have done for me.” You will remember the individual for the kindness they showed with gratitude.

The words thank, thanks, thankful, thanksgiving, and thanksgivings are all words of appreciation and gratitude. These words are found in the Old Testament 68 times and in the New Testament 63 times in the New King James Version. The importance of gratitude and offering thank you to others is also a thankfulness to God.

Have you ever heard someone say; you reap what you sow? I have heard that phrase many times from people. It is also in the Bible, Galatians 6:7. It tells us if we want to receive, we first have to give. It makes a great deal of sense to me now as an adult. I knew as a child we showed a lot of things.

I am thankful to my family for teaching me the importance of giving. What touches my heart more today is how I see it reflected in my daughter and grandchildren.

Teaching the reason for “thank you” and the meanings of all the words that make up gratitude helps us remember the importance of the love we share. On the darkest days, we can always find a light to bring us hope for the days to come.

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