My Name is Matthew, and I am a soldier. I have an interesting view that I share from time to time with the folks I encounter as I walk the road. Some of those people have encouraged me to seek out ways to help others or simply share my views or ideas with more people. I will blog on many subjects, from things that piss me off on a daily basis to more important issues such as dealing with chronic depression and the struggles that ensue as a result. I will be taking bits and pieces from emails and rants that I have verbalized as well, so if you see something we have talked about please, smile and nod...Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The hidden power of gratitude

            Have you ever been thanked by a random stranger? Had someone say "thank you" for doing something polite that you just did because you are a nice person? Have you ever said "Thanks!" to someone as they held  a door open for you? Today in society we seem to be forgetting this amazing word. I had someone say "Thanks!" to me for holding the door open. An elderly couple was going into a restoraunt that I was heading into. They were hand in hand walking ahead of me, so I rushed ahead and held the door open for them. They showered me with gratitude, as though no one had ever done something nice for them before. I felt sad, that they were so blown away by it. I was warmed by the smiles and the sight of an old couple holding hands like teenagers on a date. The whole situation made me smile and put a warm fuzzy right in the pit of my heart.

           I would like to personally, thank everyone who comments and reads my posts! Thank you very much for reading this! Please, pay it forward to the next person. See how many times you can say "thank you" today. Thank family and friends for being there for you through some tough times. Thank a co worker for covering for you when you were sick. Thank the guy who delivers your pizza and actually tip him for running out in the rain to deliver you a pie. Thank God for the air in your lungs and the food in your belly.

Thank you all and good luck out there!


  1. Thank you Wayne for reminding me how much I need to do this! And I will pay it forward! It does seem that we are forgetting some of the basics in this day and age. And this was a wonderful reminder.

    1. THANK YOU For the comments I've been busy as heck lately. I will check out your blog and that of others just as soon as I've got a moment to do so!. I'm not trying to be an irresponsible blogger. THANK YOU! Sincerely

  2. Great thoughts about gratitude and saying "thanks". I know I tend to "over" thank, if that is indeed possible, but I think I need to thank God more than I do. What surprises me when I do something kind for a stranger is that they are actually surprised someone has done something kind for them, for instance letting someone behind me with a few items go before me at the check out line. Of course they say "thank you" but are surprised someone did something kind for them. I think the world would be a lot kinder if people just said "thank you" more.

    Thanks for a great topic!


    1. I get that all the time. I'm a 30 something year old man and I hold doors for people all the time. When I do, more often than not people act surprised. It's not a common courtesy anymore. Hence the topic. THANK YOU for your comment! I do appreciate when people view and comment. Luck to you!

  3. Hi Wayne.

    As a woman in her forty-something years, I too find it shocking how manners are becoming forgotten in this day and age. It was one thing I taught my son above everything else: Manners are free, so share.

    It was great to find your blog via Blogging from A to Z April 2014.

    SD Neeve (Sarah :) )

  4. Thanks for the comment Sarah! I do appreciate the input.