Gratitude Never Fails A Man

Oluwamayowa Ajewole
3 min readNov 21, 2021
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In recent times, it has become one of the hardest things to do i.e. saying “thank you” and actually having it come from the depth of your heart.

A lot of people are entitled to the little gestures they receive from people that they do not know what they ought to be grateful for most times. You hear things like “It’s the bare minimum so why say thank you?”

There’s an emotional and societal gap that we have created in this generation. A generation that takes in all and gives no regard whatsoever for those they are taking from. A time in history where everyone expects everything for a token of “Dhurr ‘’.

There’s no assurance of change too because we do no wrong in our own eyes. We are the best there ever was and probably would be… in our eyes. So, every other generation can keep their advice on their plates and have dinner with it. We are cool like that.

It has even gotten into the workplace. You see no reason to gift a superior or even a colleague. All you want is the company’s lunch ticket because they ought to provide basic needs. People no longer see the need to be kind to others. Rather they would teach what kindness is to people in the way they know best; with reference to just themselves.

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(A Quick Aside:- I found the child’s picture beautiful and decided to use it. Sorry, it doesn’t match. I just love it).

Now, I know that there has been a lot of abuse from people towards those who are actually grateful for the kind things you do for them and for little favours here and there. But, the pole of barrier between good manners and bad manners does not have to melt away. There shouldn’t be a mixture of both sides at all. Neither should you term outright bad manners as good.

The one that gets to me more is the lack of thankfulness towards parents in recent times. Great parents now get no credit for the amazing things they do all in the name of “I didn’t ask to be born.”


That’s how low this generation had to get for us to realize that we do not know how to be grateful. We just love to take and keep taking. Even without knowing it, without realizing that this is what we do, we stay entitled.

I’d rather be a grateful one in deeds and in words. That’s how to live long and keep relationships.

You can be grateful to that kind boss. Get a gift for them. No matter how small, let your gestures show that you are grateful. Let your words show that you are glad you have what you have. This is the way to be happy.

There are times when people do not reciprocate those moments of being grateful but, do not worry. Gratefulness has never failed a man. Humans are attracted to people who give good vibes. So, just stay less entitled and more grateful.




Oluwamayowa Ajewole

Christian, Nigerian, Writer. Writing my thoughts as they are😉