“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward
Have you ever found the most perfect gift for someone you love?
Maybe your heart leapt the moment you spotted it.
Maybe you felt a wave of excitement as you rushed it back home to inspect it one more time.
Maybe you found just the right wrapping paper, bow, and heartfelt card, to boot (or perhaps you crafted a handwritten note!).
As you wait for the perfect moment to give your gift, it sits on the counter, calling out to be handed over to that lucky recipient. But not yet, you think to yourself. Maybe the occasion for giving the gift isn’t for a few weeks.
So, you wait.
Now, imagine experiencing all of those good feelings once again. Only this time, you never get the gift to the intended person.
Maybe time got in the way, or you weren’t together on that big day. Maybe you had a falling out and decided not to give it, after all. Perhaps the gift got lost in the shuffle of life and you had to run out at the last minute to find something else—something that was slightly less perfect.
Somehow, that moment of joy you once felt has become a moment of anxiety, maybe even anger. Anger at yourself for losing or forgetting the gift. Anger at the recipient for a real or perceived wrong that made you decide against giving the gift.
What a horrible feeling.
But, what if we stopped waiting for the “perfect moment”? What if we just expressed our love and gratitude in the moment in which we felt it? Chances are, those feelings of joy would be doubled. Instead of waiting to give that perfect gift for your loved one, let’s say you gave it to them spontaneously, because you just couldn’t wait to tell them how much they mean to you.
Gratitude is a lot like that.
Don’t wait. There’s no rule that says you can only express gratitude at Thanksgiving, at worship, at night, or in the morning. Gratitude is a powerful gift. Give it away all the time—to the letter carrier, the bus driver, your sister, yourself.
Something larger than you is guiding you to the person that needs that gift in that particular moment. Rely on your intuition. Express your gratitude—it’s a gift that is always cherished.