Ask Mikey Michelle Arana

We all get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life to where it is very easy for any one of us to forget to simply say “thank you” to someone. Although it happens (after all we are human and can make mistakes), why not take the time now to make up for what we may have forgotten to do on a regular basis throughout the year?

It is never too late to show our gratitude towards someone or to tell someone how much we appreciate them and how we feel blessed to have them in our lives. Whether we show it to them by giving them a card, baking them a batch of cookies, or just simply walking up to them, giving them a hug, and saying “thank you,” that can really make their day and lift their spirits.

We never know what is going on inside of a person. Do you ever think about that? The person you see at work smiling all of the time could have a bunch of inner and outer turmoil really going on that they are just good at hiding behind a smile. Or the person you volunteer with could be reserved for a reason. Some people are open to talking about what is going on in their lives while others are more private. Sometimes you will never know what a person truly has going on in their life so you almost can’t assume anything about anyone. This is exactly why we should always show gratitude towards one another.

As a result of this, we should be more appreciative of other people. Whether it is the person who let us move over in their lane while driving so we could get to where we needed to go, or the bagger at Fry’s who double-bagged our glass items at the store so they wouldn’t break while in transit, or the stranger on the street who saw that we just dropped $10 out of our pocket and decided to run after us to return it instead of keeping it. These things that seem so minor are opportunities for us as humans to show kindness and gratitude towards one another. It is always up to us to take the initiative to do the right thing, be responsible, be polite, show kindness, gratitude, and caring towards one another and to keep the positive momentum going for each generation to come.

So while you are sitting down with your families this Thanksgiving, about ready to serve the turkey and mashed potatoes, don’t forget all that you can be thankful for. The fact that you are able to gather around a table somewhere to be around loved ones is something that many unfortunately cannot experience and so we should all be thankful for that alone. The fact that you have a family that loves you, a spouse that is loyal to you, children that look up to you, a church in your community, a job, transportation, education, clothes, the list goes on and on. Look around and realize what you have right in front of you that you should be thankful for. After that, get creative to express your gratitude towards those in your life.

I wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving and one thing I am very thankful for is having you all as readers. Thank you.


Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at

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