When was the last time you told someone thank you? When was the last time you told someone thank you for being in your life? When was the last time you told someone thank you for not giving up on you? When was the last time you said thank you for the things that DIDN'T happen?
We usually associate being thankful with actions. If someone says something nice, we say thank you. If someone does a generous act, we say thank you. But what about your parent who didn't give up when life was hard? What about your friend who has always been there for you? What about your child who does what is right without being asked to do so?
If you think about it, it feels good to know that someone sees your efforts and acknowledges them. What if we recognize the things that did not occur as well? Maybe you will see your situation differently if you look for the words that were not said, the person that didn't leave, or the attitude they didn't get with you?
Life is filled with distractions and it can be easy to focus on the negative. Therefore, let us show someone that we appreciate them for not doing what could have been done. Maybe it's your friend that needs to hear it. Maybe it is your spouse. Maybe it is your mother or father. Maybe it is God that needs to hear from you.