Quick to Complain…Slow to Give Thanks

Many years ago, a friend told me she heard a sermon on how we are quick to complain and slow to give thanks.  We should go out of our way to give thanks for even the smallest things.  

I do complain and I do forget to give thanks.  It is a selfish part of me.  When I remember what my friend said, I try very hard to give thanks and give it often.  In return I get a few smiles and that makes me happy. People appreciate being appreciated.  🙂

Just recently I experienced a Thank You in return that was way more than a smile.  It was so overwhelming to me, I shut down for a day and didn’t say anything to anyone.  I didn’t even tell my husband or a week!

It all started back in September.  I placed and order with Tom Bihn company. I ordered a Side Effect in Steel/Wasabi, but after the order went through and I had paid, I realized I ordered Steel/Steel color.  I contact Customer Service  and asked for a change if it wasn’t too much trouble.  The answer I got back was, “No problem! Already taken care of”.

Let me tell you, I did not expect this answer. Other companies I know of do not let you change your order after placing it.   I enjoy the high quality of Tom Bihn’s products and would have been happy with the steel/steel color, but I really wanted the steel/wasabi. So, for them to make the change was very cool.

I was so impressed and so thankful, I sent them a very small (and I mean very small) gift card for cupcakes from Cupcake Royale.   Yes, I said cupcakes.  Wouldn’t you love a cupcake as a thank you?

My Side Effect in steel/wasabi was mailed in time for me to take it to the mountains for ten days!  Love, love, love, the Side Effect.  So easy to carry while sight-seeing. More on this tomorrow.



When we arrived back home there was a Tom Bihn package on the table.  I could not remember ordering anything from them.  Then I got worried that I was getting really old and forgetting purchases I made.  Which is a very bad thing.  So I opened it thinking I will just return it, since I know I didn’t order it. Really, can anyone actually forget about purchases from Tom Bihn? No.

This is what was inside:


I was speechless!  A thank you for the thank you.  The purple pouch is a Medium Clear Organizer Pouch  and the black pouch is a small (I think) Padded Organizer Pouch.  More on those tomorrow, too.

See the cardboard cupcake?  It was signed on the back by the employees and owner.  


The card made me smile.  The pouches made me happy.  I love small businesses!

But that isn’t all of the story.  Nope.  I am a member on Ravelry.  My username on there is Appliejuice.  Surprise!  I am giving my name just in case there are knitters and crocheters out there that want to be my friend.  Back to Ravelry.  Ravelry has groups.  Lots and lots of groups.  One of those groups is Tom Bihn Knitting Bags.  

On October 23rd,  I open the group and found The Cupcake Day Inspired by Appliejuice.  I don’t know if anyone can see the post, but it is filled with people eating cupcakes.  

That put a huge smile on my face.  The husband saw it and asked what I was smiling about and I had to fess up.   I told him it was just a very small thank you and I don’t know what to do about all of this.  The pouches were still in the box!  🙂  He said, “You let someone know you appreciate them and that made them happy.  Enjoy your gifts.  You have been blessed”.

Yes, I have been blessed.

Go thank someone today.


8 responses to “Quick to Complain…Slow to Give Thanks

  1. What a cool story! What a great company. I’m tempted to order a bag from them just because they deserve all the orders they can from your experience. You are blessed. THANK YOU for sharing your story.

  2. That is a wonderful story!

  3. Oh my gosh! That’s amazing. What a great story!

  4. What a fabulous testimony about Thankfulness!!!!!

  5. Wow – I’m inspired to be more thankful in tasty ways! What a thoughtful gesture for you to send them cupcakes! No wonder they too were thankful! You were probably the best customer they’ve had in a while!

  6. That is a fantastic story! I love that they even posted it on Ravelry!

  7. Michelle, this message just blew me away, and blessed me! Thank you for sharing!

  8. tessofthebellgrades

    A perfect example of reaping what you sow.
    A little kindness goes a long way and eventually it finds it’s way back to you. I agree 100% small businesses are awesome.
    (It’s nice to “see” you again Applie.)

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