If you are one of those people that think that little things don’t matter in relationships, then you are “daft” (as our British friends are so fond of saying). In today’s busy lifestyle of work, family, and technology in general, it is all the more meaningful when someone takes time from this busy day of theirs to tend to your need(s), even in some small way. They might offer encouragement, a gentle rebuke, advice, love, assistance, or even a kick-in-the-seat-of-your-pants that is needed!
When someone does take time from their day for you, that means they care. This is not something to be taken lightly! It means that they value you and your presence in their lives, if even for a moment. Just as a smile goes a long way, so does a “Thank You.” It makes them feel better for having done something for someone else, and it makes you feel better for acknowledging that gesture. For a person in recovery, gratitude is especially important. Gratitude reminds us that we are NOT the center of the universe, and it keeps us humble. Gratitude encourages us to help others, also an important part of any recovery.
So remember to let people know that you appreciate their help, and their service: say “Thank You.”