If we are lucky, our parents teach us how to say “please” and “thank you” from a very young age. If we are lucky.
I think they are three of the most important words in life.
“Please”….. we say, when we ask for something. And that is one of the first big lessons. When we need something, really need something, we should ask. If we need support, or love, or kindness…. or we need help… we should be able to ask. But many times we do not. We are too proud, or think we can do it on our own. Please, might instead me… I need you. I trust you.
And then there is “Thank You.” Maybe those words are more powerful than any others.
Gratitude. It comes when we are thankful. Counting your blessings… call it what you will. But it is the ability, the wisdom, the power….. to notice the little things as well as the great. Gratitude means acknowledging everything that we receive.
Albert Einstein once said….’There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.’
Gratitude means learning to live our lives as if everything were a miracle. If we feel that things are lacking in our lives, we can shift that negative focus to a positive one, by acknowledging all the abundance that is already present.
Tonight, as with every night, I have so very much to be thankful for.
And right now, I am very grateful to all those absolutely wonderful people in my life. The ones who show me love, and care, and concern.
Even when I am not brave enough to ask for it.
Another Albert… Albert Schweitzer said this. “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
I am so very thankful, for such.
It gives me much to reflect on. It gives me joy. And it makes me so very thankful ..…. for those people in my life who continue to light the way.