“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone can say. I say that a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding.”
On this Thanksgiving Day, I have to agree with Alice Walker, other days too of course and today especially! As we celebrate this day with family and friends or by ourselves, how heartening to really think about, and remember, the cause for our many ‘Thank yous’. Maybe this is another time when we can ‘make a list and check it twice’ not really thinking about how Santa will be doing that soon. More, it is about all of the many people, experiences, tastes, creations . . . and wonders of the world that we have to be thankful for — I know that I am not the only one! Being grateful, saying ‘thank you’, is an acknowledgement for ourselves and for that person or Divine being to whom we are thankful. Those very word have the power to shift our perspective and to give something back to the giver.
In The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy talks about the the experience of keeping a Gratitude Journal focused on his wife. Every evening before going to sleep he wrote one thing about her that he was grateful for; maybe one thing she did that day or just something about her. He kept this journal for a year, then gave it to her the following Thanksgiving. She was delighted with the gift of course – it said ‘thank you’ very impressively. In all of this, Hardy talked about the effect it had on him, the ‘compound effect’. This gratitude journal shifted the way he thought about his wife and his life. It helped them to deepen, enriched and value their relationship and how they behaved within the relationship.
Saying “thank you” and being grateful is a heart memory. As a woman who loves, ‘thank you’ is a little whisper of love sent out in appreciation from one person to another. So, thank you for being in my life, a bit of love from my heart to yours. Blessings and have a lovely Thanksgiving!