These are the kinds of stories that often go untold or even unexpressed. That’s why this may be one of the most important stories to tell. To enjoy and recognize the good qualities of someone or something is not only a way of valuing, showing respect, and treasuring what we have been given but also a way of making this gift last longer for ourselves, too. Feeling grateful and expressing this is a way of bringing this feeling full circle.
Think of a time when you were given something unexpected and responded with a feeling of gratitude. What were the circumstances that brought this gift to you? How did you show your appreciation? Was it in words or deeds or both? How did this make you feel? Did your expression of appreciation change anything for you or the other, or between you?