Each month I write an article for a local magazine, Up In Cumming, and I like to share them with you, too. With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to help us all focus on what really matters. Check it out.
We live in the South, complete with all four seasons, sweet tea, and southern hospitality. Down here, we use our manners with maam’s and sir’s. We hold the door open for each other. We even send the obligatory thank you note when we receive a gift or some touching act of kindness. Those notes have become something we almost expect. It lets the gift giver know the gift was appreciated….not taken for granted. Oh, the recipient sometimes waves off the gesture with something like, “Don’t worry about sending a Thank You note. Just save that stamp!” But, don’t be fooled. They’re checking their mailbox.
Not long ago, I gave gifts to several people. Nothing fancy; just a thoughtful token in a pretty bag. I was excited, though, to surprise these friends with an unexpected treat. I got as much of a thrill seeing their expressions as they did opening their presents. I also got a kick out of their reactions. Some simply said thanks; others enthusiastically lit up and hugged me. I LOVED the over-the-top reactions. In some crazy way, I just wanted to know that I made life a little better for them; that somehow my gift was the end-all be-all of their day. (Now that I think about it, I may have a few ego issues to work on.)
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