Thursday, September 15, 2011

IS IT DAMN HARD TO SHOW GRATITUDE?

Is it just me over-reacting or has it become a 21st century trend that there are more and more people that have become completely incapable of showing gratitude?  I just see so many people around, that no matter how much you do for them, how much you help them, they will still be unhappy and believe that they deserve and are entitled to more. 
I have had my fair share of these people, probably more than the average, but I reckon these beings would lose a limb if they stop to say "Thank You."
Well, colour me stubborn, but I refuse to believe that the entire humanity has bred ungrateful clones.  I am sure that somewhere out there, there is one soul who is thankful enough he or she still lives.  
These days, I can only see that we have all become too busy bitching, being envious, getting jealous, or trying our best to accomplish what others can only dream of, we have often, if not always, forgotten to be grateful for the small favours we get.  Why?  Gee, I don't know, maybe because it's "un-cool" to be mushy.  Or perhaps because we believe we worked hard to be where we are.  Yeah, sure, right.  I mean, are you the only author of your life?  Did you come from a nut that fell off a tree?  Really? I don't think so.  Sue me.
Listen, look around you.  Think hard.  You will not be where you are now if not for people that have touched your life and have helped you in small or big ways to get there. It could have been anyone, not just your parents.  Someone.  Somebody.  A person you may have long forgotten as you now bask in your wealth and success.  Get a grip. Why don't you just stop for a short moment and think about who you owe some gratitude?  It is not going to kill you.  It may even be life-changing.


And for all those unsung heroes, those people who "habitually" extend themselves to lend a helping hand, I hope you continually keep doing good and expect nothing in return, for it hurts not to be appreciated and recognized.  I hope you don't get tired because sooner than later, the law of life pays you back a thousand-fold.  


And for everyone who has helped me become Who I Am, thank you. I am still a work in progress but I am getting there.


I found this in an old file and I truly think this human being has lived a life of Selflessness, worthy of emulation and at the very least, respect.  
Mother Teresa aptly titled her poem, "DO IT ANYWAY".


"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, at it may never be enough; Give your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway"

14 comments:

  1. It is not hard but sadly a lot of people don't appreciate what others do for them. So I have learned to give and expect nothing in return.

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  2. AMEN!
    And thank you for all of your support.

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  3. Terrific post! I agree 100 percent.

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  4. You did good there Petite! I am amazed too at people incapable of a simple "Thank You" - It is so simple and there are so many things and people to be grateful for - With time I realize that every step I take I own it to God's help and the many souls that touched my life. Without them I don't think I would have moved one minute from my first place.

    Thank you for sharing this text from Mother Theresa - It is a boost!
    She definitely is an example of love and faith.
    And thank you for being who you are!

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  5. I have to say that I've always been one of those who puts my life on hold to help others and yet get nothing in return.

    As I encourage and provide a shoulder to lean on, they posper while I stay rooted to where I am. I am tired of giving my all and not even recieving a word of thanks, so unfortunetly I am slowly becoming one of those, that no longer wants to help others.

    Tis a shame really.

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  6. Some people seem to think everything is their due. Like it's the least you can do for them. To which my standard reply is "No, the least I can do is absolutely nothing." Another pet peeve is the "Please and thank you". First off, you do not mean either. Why come in and act like you are asking when it is indeed an order.
    I have to say the one I liked best, an email from the big boss. An order.... given as a polite order and not pretending to be otherwise
    "Your participation in this is both appreciated and mandatory." Still makes me chuckle.

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  7. Thanks for the great post! Wouldn't it be nice if people would learn a bit more of gratitude. :)

    Adult Student

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  8. A really very interesting read! I hope you keep updating us with more info

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  9. It seems to me that gratitude is one of those things that requires just a bit more understanding than some people (many people) are capable of carrying. It would seem to me that too many persons in our world seem incapable of the most basic understanding of what goes into any action, let alone any action that would benefit them. I truly feel sorry for them, for they are missing out on so much.
    But, as Mother Teresa said, it is not for us to let their own misery get between us and our creator.
    A wonderful post, as always.

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  10. oh how i know gratitude. and how i know that people just don't have it.

    it's a simple thing to gain.

    people need to practise it more.

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  11. ---I love that poem by Mother Teresa. She was a VERY wise woman. :) Great Post, P. x

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  12. Thank you for this post, and everything PB. You deserve much more than thanks, but you're too far for me to give you a hug!

    X)

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  13. This is a great post.♥

    I haven't said it lately and can't say it enough, thanks for being my friend and someone I can count on. ♥

    And that goes for all my friends who are commenting here. ♥

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  14. Amen. Great post, challenging and thanks for sharing the poem x

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