Ever find yourself doing something you think is an act of kindness like holding open a door, letting someone ahead of you in the checkout lane, letting someone out of a side street when driving, and the recipient of your kindness seemingly takes it for granted? "Well, they could have said thanks." It seems like such a little thing, the word thanks. But it quickly becomes a big thing when we feel unappreciated for a gesture of kindness.
Jesus felt the same way. "Were there not 10 healed? Where are the other 9?" It's nice to know Jesus is one of us.
The month of November is one of my favorite months. It seems like a "down time" to begin slowing activity and taking a cue from nature. We are surrounded by beauty in colors and smells of Goodness. In a more reflective moment I can say in the larger scheme of things getting a thank you is no big deal. I didn't do the gesture for the reward. It's enough to know that I did an act of kindness and let it go at that. I don't think the holiday of Thanksgiving in November is an accident. I love sitting with a hot cup of tea/cocoa and listing all the people and things I am grateful for in my life. I am also more determined the next time someone does a spontaneous act of kindness for me that I say, "Thank you" with a smile. May the God of overflowing goodness fill your heart with gratitude for all blessings great and small. Blessed Thanksgiving.
God is good all the time. Come experience that Goodness at IL Ritiro.