GIVE: Love By The Spirit — Give Thanks for Your Loved Ones

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Give Thanks for Your Loved Ones

© 2011 Grace Ste. Croix

February 8, 2011

In February, the month of love is advertised as a public state of affection for your mate. Showering them with material gifts and dinners is our way to say “thank you” for their love and hard work through out the year. However, many people are single and may not have a loved one to share this very romantic month with. I have a simple solution: Give thanks to all of your loved ones.

The first solution would be to give thanks for your family. Of course we in North America celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day respectively. However, many people do not come from the nuclear family, that is, a mother, father, and two children. Many of us find that we have found family in grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, step parents, and friends. Just as a husband or a wife, these people have been with you through think and thin, supporting you in your achievements, and catching you when you fall. I declare that February also be a month where we give thanks for all of our loved ones.

I have heard a saying:

“give someone a compliment and they will live off of it for a month.”

Let’s face it; compliments are few and far between. For your eclectic group of family and friends to know they have been a significant source of inspiration, support, and love would definitely brighten up their week. There is no argument that these days, we are all in need of a compliment. As we pay forward these simple testaments of gratitude, we brighten up the days of the people we love best. Just a simple “thank you for being there” can go a long way and not only solidify your relationships with your loved ones, but also strengthen them by bringing said relationship into a deeper state of understanding and love.

If you do have a special love in your life, definitely let them know as well how much they mean to you. This simple gesture of thanks and appreciation would mean so much more than the fabulous dinner downtown or the expensive material gift for that special day, for gifts will be forgotten, but the memory of gratitude will live for a lifetime.

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