I'm not really in the mood to write about this, but here it goes. I've made a wonderful conclusion lately. I feel like this discovery could completely change the world! This may seen simple to everyone, but the practice has been lost. My revelation is this....
One of the most attractive qualities in a person is that they are willing to humble themselves to say thank you, and I'm sorry...the end.
Now these words are simple, but they hold so much great value. These words, when said sincerely, convey so much!
They let a person know; I see you. I see what you are doing for me. I see that this may have not been something that you wanted to do, or that came naturally, but you did it anyway. I recognize that you are thinking of me. I appreciate you. The act being thanked doesn't really matter as much as the sincerity behind the words. I have recognized lately how important those small words mean to me. I was contemplating the real reason behind why. It is because I serve and work just to receive some recognition, but I don't think that is it. I'm still wrestling why I think that being grateful to others holds so much value to me, but I struggle to put it down in words. I'll keep chewing on that question. All this being said, I have also come to realize that being appreciative also has a lot to do with your personal habits. Some people are great at this habit, while others are very terrible. I am working on recognizing that it is not as valuable to others as it is for me, but it's been a challenge. Bottom line, I feel that you can say a lot by just acknowledging those who are around you.
Saying I'm sorry is something that I have been accused of being too good at in the past. I can totally see where they are coming from. I am such a people pleaser that I feel sincerely guilty when I cannot please the people around me. It has become a true stumbling block of mine. On the other hand, there are times when I know that I have hurt someone and it is difficult for me to approach them. Sincerely apologizing puts you as a person in a very venerable place. It allows others to see that you are not perfect (news flash, they already know!) but seriously, it is difficult to admit to fault. While it may highlight a weakness, it also establishes a pattern of humility. A recognition that we are all working and striving to become better. It would be amazing if when confrontation arose that we could be willing to admit even some part of wrong and approach them person humbly. I think a lot of problems would be resolved a lot quicker.
What a wonderful world would it be if we were able to forget ourselves completely and recognize the incredible blessing that others are in our world, and to be humble enough to acknowledge when we have in someway hurt those precious blessings. So be aware that most people are dealing with some type of crisis, everyone is doing the best they can with what they've got, and that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, who wants all his children to see the best in one another.