Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #119

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Today I am thankful for genuinely nice people. Many of us try to be nice to others and to treat them well, and oftentimes we may succeed at that. But some people are just innately nice people who do not even seem as though they need to try to be nice, because they just are. They seem to get along with everyone everywhere they go, and everyone always seems to love them.

Now, of course, it is not my intention to imply that innately nice people always handle everything perfectly. They certainly experience their fair share of moments when they fumble a little bit and commit a faux pas or two. Yet, even when that happens they seem to do it with such grace that it makes it easy for others to simply shrug off the situation and act as though nothing negative even occurred.

My mom is one of those naturally nice people. She is loving, sweet, and hospitable to the core. That’s just the way she is built. I, on the other hand, have always wanted to be the type of person who is effortlessly nice, like my mom. But the reality is that on some occasions I have to really work at it, especially when confronted by a frustrating situation or person. And as I write this, I realize that that was harder to admit than I thought that it would be. I guess that I attribute that to the fact that I have always held myself to a standard of perfection while telling myself at the same time that perfection is not attainable. But that’s neither here nor there as far as this blog entry is concerned.

And though I, like many of us, on occasion have to work at being nice when my emotions want me to do the opposite, I can say that throughout the years, as I have learned more and more about people, life, myself, and God, I have noticed that those occasions when I really have to work hard to be nice because of challenging circumstances do not seem to present themselves as often as they used to. Thank the Lord for progress. And thank the Lord for genuinely nice people who through their kind, loving, and understanding ways make the mountains that we encounter in life a little bit more enjoyable to climb. I salute you all, and I thank you. #lovebythedrop

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