Generosity of Gratitude

Ever receive a call or text from someone you have just been thinking about? Or enjoy a smile or wave or “hello” from a passerby? Sometimes, when we experience these simple spontaneous moments we react so gratefully. Perhaps, the thankfulness occurs because we are not expecting the act of kindness in the moment.  

On the other hand, do ever you experience sadness, frustration, or anger when someone does not call, text, smile, wave, or say “hello? Is it because you thought the person should? I wonder if people show less appreciation when someone does something expected, than when the kindness is unexpected.   

Will you be the person to call, text, smile, say “hello,” or wave first? Are you able to do so for the joy of being kind, and be content with receiving no response? Do you believe it more important to show kindness or receive kindness, or are they equal? 

What if you show truly gratefulness for the seemingly smallest kindness someone offers you? I have a hunch you may find even more for which to be grateful.   

You and I have an immense power to create peace in our lives, which may ripple to the lives of those around us. Perhaps, we may begin by be being generous with our kindness and gratitude.   

A civil and family mediator, peace builder, and educator, Sherry Ann Bruckner lives in Alexandria, Minnesota. Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or call Sherry at (320) 808-3212 for help to transform conflict and create peace.

As always, be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.