As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s important for us men to rekindle that little fire of thankfulness.
Men, we tend to be creatures of utility, and we tend to act and speak out of utility rather than emotion. For many of us – our words and speech are reserved for work, for selling, for instruction, and I think that often, we toss out the words that we don’t think matter – and as a result, we really don’t say “Thank you,” enough.
When is the last time you thanked your family? Your parents? Your spouse? Your kids?
To demonstrate gratitude requires an intentionality – and while it might not seem like it carries emotional weight – being “thanked” has a huge emotional gratification to those on the receiving end.
To reciprocate gratitude for kindness truly is manly – because it elevates you. It helps you build your reputation, and it cements you in the hearts of the people who give kindness or assistance to you.
While you may strive for independence, the cold hard truth that “no man is an island” needs be your anchor. You aren’t entitled to anything in this life – and even the things you have earned you have earned because someone blessed you with kindness, taught you skills, or shared with you an opportunity.
Be thankful for those blessings, and be vocal with your thanks.