Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Show Your Gratitude: Pick Up The Telephone And More

OK~ It's that time of year when we all focus on being thankful for this and that. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all focus on being thankful and nice all year long? That's my focus as we move forward. Just yesterday I called a friend that I had worked with off and on throughout the past year and thanked her for everything. I truly meant it, but after I hung up the phone I thought to myself, "I need to do that more often." A holiday should not be a reminder that I need to be grateful for someone that has helped me. I need to be thanking people every single day for what others do for me.

We live in a society where we all want everything now and that dreaded word, "entitlement" arises and my head just shakes. I then begin to think about how things were when I was growing up. Times were much different, as there were no cell phones and there was no internet. We actually had to have face to face conversations, write thank you notes, and even call someone from the "house" phone with a cord that reached a mile long or so! Remember that? Oh yeah, and it was usually a beautiful golden or avocado color!

I am thankful for all of the technology that we have today, but I do wonder how our younger kids of today will cope. Heck, I struggle with showing my gratitude with all of this technology as I need to really "think" about calling someone or writing out a thank you note and tossing it in an actual mail box. I honestly believe that kids do watch every move their parents make. One would like to think that kids would follow along and do the right thing, but often times peer pressure gives in and they sink. A fun way to test your family in this department is to have a tech free holiday- Hey, if this family can do it, yours can too.

So...... is it appropriate for a child to sit down with their parents and Skype a thank you call to their Grandparents for something?

You bet! This is a great way to use technology in the 21st Century and it also shows kids a nice way to use the apps that are available today. This is a really nice way to show gratitude when Grandparents are unable to be with their Grandchildren on a special occasion. This leads right into why it is important for Grandparents to embrace technology. Staying connected in a positive manner matters when it comes to the relationship of a Grandchild and a Grandparent. We do live in an exciting time and we all need to think about how we use all of these awesome tools.

My goal from now into the future is to be much better in showing my gratitude day in and day out. And one other thing, you know what? I felt so uplifted after I called my friend yesterday- I felt like I was ready to conquer the world! That seems to be reason enough to pick up the phone a little more often to say "Thank You," from this Mom's point of view. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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