The roses in the photograph were given to me as a thank you by a dear friend of mine. It was the very first time that a friend showed appreciation in this manner. I was deeply touched by the gesture. Sometimes I have received a thank you card, or a heartfelt thank you verbally. When I decide to give of my time, or anything else I am not seeking recognition although thanks are always appreciated. Expressing gratitude for one’s blessings does make for a more beautiful life.