Slice of Life March Challenge. No. 13.
From personal travel journal
It’s 5 AM and I’ve said Good Morning and Thank You to no less than a dozen people between my hotel room and my departure gate at the airport — all people who in some way served me. Never before have I thought specifically about how many people, often strangers, it takes for me to move through life. Have you?
I find that to be a humbling thought —
— one that calls upon me to be thankful in all my dealings
— one that causes me to resolve to take time to express thanks
— one that spurs me to reach out consciously, to offer help, to be willing to serve others
— one that challenges me to teach children to be thankful
and in turn, we teach our children. —Joyce Brothers
giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Ephesians 5:20
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for hosting
2017 Slice of Life Story Challenge
It is said writers must travel in order to find stories and ideas. Alice, your travel is serving you well. Your perceptive post is a clear example of this truism. Brief encounters can hold much meaning and you have captured the significance of valuing others in this piece.
Thank you, Alan, for your words… “brief encounters”… “valuing others” …you made me pause and think.
We talk about gratitude constantly in our classroom, but this puts it in much more concrete terms. How many people help us during the course of our day? How many times have we said thank you? Please? Expressed our gratitude to those around us?
Thank you for sharing this slice with us! 🙂
Darin, do I hear the makings of an awareness discussion / activity in your classroom? … connecting gratitude (abstract noun) to the concrete aspects of living.
This post is lovely. So descriptive and so reflective as well. Thank you for giving us so much to consider – being thankful for others as well as helping others along their paths, too. Absolutely!
So glad you stopped by 🙂
We come in contact with so many people during the course of our lives that we don’t realize how many and what they do for us, even it is some small random act. We owe so many our gratitude.
Thank you for stopping by. Your last sentence says it all.