- PLEASE & THANK-YOU
- EXCUSE ME
- MAY I?
- I APPRECIATE THAT
- YOU ROCK MY WORLD
Who else remembers Captain Kangaroo??? I DO!
When did we stop teaching children the MAGIC WORDS??? When did we start raising little people who seem content to take without feeling obliged to be grateful? Somebody dropped the proverbial ball… and they need to pick it up.
No matter who you are, you appreciate a person who appreciates you! For the effort you put forth for another, whether it’s a family member, friend, or acquaintance, you want to be recognized. Most of us do not expect a Dixieland band to be hired in appreciation, but is it too much to ask for a simple “thank-you”? I don’t think so.
It’s my hope and prayer that we take back the sense of entitlement that seems to be trying to take over our youth. They need to be taught that words are important and the right words can make or break another person’s day, especially when someone has made an effort to do something nice.
This generation of ENTITLEMENT needs to end. We need to teach our young people that no one is born into this world and automatically given everything without earning it. I know we want our children and grandchildren to have a better life than we had, but handing it to them on a silver platter may not be the best way to ensure that happens. There’s something about knowing you have worked for something that makes you appreciate it more.
I was taught to honor and respect those who are older than me. If an older person did something nice, I was taught to write a thank-you note in appreciation. I remember the first “e-thank you note” I ever received. I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, the young woman took the time to acknowledge the gift. On the other, it felt less than proper somehow. These days, it’s common to receive email acknowledgements, so I guess that’s something I just need to roll with. As long as a gift is acknowledged and appreciated, regardless of the media used to do so, I think it’s okay. I’ll still sit down and write a note, but that’s because I’m old and set in my ways.
Gratitude is not something that comes naturally to us. It must be taught from a very young age. If we can teach children to first be grateful to God, then to others, it means so much. Magic words matter… they really do! 🙂