The truth is, I know that I'm loved. I know that my family appreciates what I do for them. But they don't always remember to say thank you, or even (in the case of the kids) to use their manners when they ask me for something. It gets really frustrating.
But another truth is that I don't always remember to show my appreciation, either. Himself is a good and loving man and I am very happy to be married to him. I know that sometimes I take him for granted too.
Read an article yesterday about the importance of appreciation in relationships, and how often divorces result from one partner feeling unappreciated for an extended period. It started with a quotation from William James: "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."
Ain't that the truth. Major food for thought.
So, instead of getting mad, I will try to remember to explain how I feel when I feel unappreciated, so that hopefully it will happen less frequently. And I will try to remember to show my own appreciation more often, too, for the kids as well as Himself.
Sounds like a pair of good Lenten resolutions, at a bare minimum. Pity we're halfway through already, but they say it takes at least two weeks to form a new habit, and these would be habits worth forming. Especially if they help to preserve my marriage!