Thanks

28 Nov

Pro Tip: Being gracious is one of the best habits you can procure.

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Here’s the thing.

My beloved and utterly adorable niece is recently two years old. She’s decided to forgo any food that’s not yogurt or cake. Her favorite hobbies include saying “play toy?” three hundred times in a row when her parents are about to fall asleep. On occasion, she’ll find a smooth stone and pull a David and Goliath with the nearest on-looker.

But let me tell you something about my niece – she will always say “please” and “thank you” right on cue, and suddenly the entire room is on its knees. 

Repetitions of “awwww” echo around the room and the person who has most recently suffered her biblical slingshot attack sits up and whispers, “so polite!”

Obviously, this does not translate directly into the language of those over the age of five, but you still get what I’m saying. People notice when you are kind. Given, common courtesy is an easily learned habit, but being gracious, especially when it’s not necessary, is so far beyond delightful.

Today is Black Friday, a day whose blood-curdling screams can be heard in the nightmares of retail workers all over.

Due to my timing, it seems like being nice to your cashiers and shelf-stockers is the obvious moral for this post, and sure, that’s important too. Customer service workers have more internalized anger than anyone I’ve ever met, and if you can’t find it in your heart to respect them, then feel free to turn it around and fear them instead.

Being gracious should be something that comes naturally to all of us in any case, not just to the dreaded customer service workers. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Yes, the world has a lot of trash going on it right now. A lot. I don’t want to downplay that. Life isn’t easy for anyone, and the difficulty scale goes from hard to dang near impossible. That is actually life. But look at this bad boy real quick.

THINGS YOU HAVE


  • A God who provides for you and is more in love with you than you can imagine
  • A mind that is capable of an infinite amount of magnificence that still needs to be enacted in the world
  • Interests and passions that are not silly, but instead make up the road map to your life calling
  • People who care about you and love you more than you think you deserve
  • That gorgeous face of yours that I know has caused a lot of smiles
  • I don’t know, do you have a dog or a cat or something? Tell it that it’s beautiful for me please
  • This generation AND HEAR ME OUT HERE I know it’s not even close to perfect, but it’s yours, you’re a piece in it, and you get a voice in how it progresses and if you don’t think that’s the tightest thing ever, then get on out of my face
  • A world of bread products, just think about it
  • Think of all the bread you are capable of producing
  • So much bread
  • And hey, if you’re gluten-intolerant, that’s cool too, you are still super duper important 

Dear friends, if you don’t have any of that, A) I don’t believe you, and B) fine then, you can still be thankful for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, then can’t you?

(yes. yes you can.)

Thanks to all of you who stopped by.

Happy Black Friday, and happy Thanksgiving from now on!

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6 Responses to “Thanks”

  1. Mockingbird November 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Thank you for this, lovely. You just made my day so much better. 🙂

    • Emory November 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Aw it’s an honor, darling! 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Squid November 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi there! I’m just dropping you a line to let you know that I’ve been reading your blog and enjoying it immensely! You have a hilarious sense of humor, and it’s wonderful to see a blog written by a Christian where I don’t have to worry about swearing or inappropriate content. Thank you so much for this gift to the Internet! Keep on being you! 🙂

    • Emory November 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you so much, Squid, you are a dear! That means a lot to me. 🙂 God bless!

  3. Puppy Sized Elephant December 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    This is awesome. You are awesome. Please continue to be awesome.
    God bless!

    • Emory December 3, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      You are a wonderful person, please hug yourself for me. God bless you as well, love!

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