As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s important for us men to rekindle that little fire of thankfulness.
Think about the people you have been in contact with in the past couple of days. How do you remember them? What do you remember about them?
Undoubtedly, there are some people that you encountered that you will remember fondly, and others you will not.
Manners, kindness, and looks probably factor into the mental image that they left in your mind. You may not even remember if they said, “Thank You” in the course of your conversations, but I do know that those two simple words will help out a person in the “positively remembered” category,
We categorize people based on our experiences, and the words they use, and the feelings they invoked. That means that WE are also categorized in the same fashion.
If you express thankfulness, and demonstrate respect, you will leave a positive impression.
I am speaking mostly in the short term, but if we are thinking of how we are remembered in the long term – that takes a life long commitment to being a person known for his gratitude. This involves being the guy that probably says “thank you” too much for most of his life. This is the man who sends thank you letters when he is given a gift. This is the man who lives in such a way that shows honor and respect to those that have helped him or influenced him in the past.
We talked last month during “Legends of the Fall” a little bit about Legacy.
I want to encourage you to go back and read it further, and think about the kind of legacy you are currently building. Is it one of gratitude?