On Refrigerators and Gratitude.

I woke up thinking about my refrigerator. It has been working non-stop for 15 years. I believe that is how long my wife and I have lived in our current residence. The fridge does its job. It keeps the food cold and the food in the freezer frozen.

I wish I could say that I took better care of our fridge. We pile things on top of it. Stick notes to the outside of it. I believe we do that because deep down, we can trust our fridge to perform.

I can put the holiday cards on the fridge and the sports schedules on the door. I do this because I know that my fridge will not walk away. This way, when I need to know when the game is or who to send the card to, I look on the door of the fridge.

The fridge is a great place to put things on top of. Extra storage space for some things we forget about. Halloween candy may go on top of the fridge on November 1 and then be discovered in July of the next year. In that case, it is time to throw away the candy.

The fridge has earned trust. It does its job. I could see that the fridge deserves expressions of gratitude. A fridge is an object. It doesn’t desire gratitude, nor will it appreciate it. It runs on the power sources generated by the electrical outlets in our home.

People are different. They do need gratitude for the jobs that they do each day. So make sure that you are a person who takes some time to express gratitude to others. There are people out there who show up each day and are trusted year after year after year.

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