Expressing Gratitude

The beauty and eloquence of an expression of gratitude is reflected in a newspaper story of some years ago:

The District of Columbia police auctioned off about 100 unclaimed bicycles Friday. “One dollar,” said an 11-year-old boy as the bidding opened on the first bike. The bidding, however, went much higher. “One dollar,” the boy repeated hopefully each time another bike came up.

The auctioneer, who had been auctioning stolen or lost bikes for 43 years, noticed that the boy’s hopes seemed to soar higher whenever a racer-type bicycle was put up.

Then there was just one racer left. The bidding went to eight dollars.

“Sold to that boy over there for nine dollars!” said the auctioneer. He took eight dollars from his own pocket and asked the boy for his dollar. The youngster turned it over in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters—took his bike, and started to leave. But he went only a few feet. Carefully parking his new possession, he went back, gratefully threw his arms around the auctioneer’s neck and cried.

When was the last time we felt gratitude as deeply as did this boy? The deeds others perform in our behalf might not be as poignant, but certainly there are kind acts that warrant our expressions of gratitude.

(Thomas S. Monson, “Think to Thank,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 18)


2 thoughts on “Expressing Gratitude

  1. Hello! I realize this is kind of off-topic however I needed to ask. Does operating a well-established website like yours require a massive amount work? I am completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!
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    • Hello!!! This isn’t off topic at all, and I’m actually glad you asked. I wouldn’t say my blog is well established, becuase I’ve only been blogging since January. It does require a lot of time and attention, to respond to comments, answer quesstions and make sure you’re adding quality content every week. I think writing in your journal is a great start to writing a blog. I think your diary could serve as a starting point for ideas to blog about. Also, one of the biggest tips someone gave me is that you do not have to write every day. If you don’t feel like writing or are too busy, lay the blog aside for a few days until you have some time to write. It’s better to write a great, high quality post every few weeks, rather than one with little meaning or substance every day. I would love to read your experiences and story on your blog, and would be honored to feature you as a guest host on my blog. You can write about anything you wish, if you’re interested… if you are, email me at and we can chat. Take care and write back soon!! Good luck 🙂

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