Driving through spring-fragrant azaleas, a fragile thin sliver of a moon hang in a luminous sky. “Thank you,” I say to no one at all. My heart is light. Worries about the speech I am soon to give drop like ripe petals of flowers. Happiness cruises my blood along with unspoken words. Thank you spins in my mind. For letting me be alive to enjoy another spring. For this wonderful time and place in my life. Thank you.
With this last comes a dawning realization. My anonymous Thank You to the universe (I don’t know who or what I’m exactly saying it to) has changed my life. From a great worrier, criticizer and heavy endorser of more, more, more, I become an enjoyer of life, an appreciator. And oddly, now I’m no longer trying so hard to do more, be more, have more—I am actually doing more and having more.
Is it all because of Thank You?
“Gratitude is indeed like a gearshift that can move our mental mechanism from obsession to peacefulness, from stuckness to creativity, from fear to love. The ability to relax and be mindfully present in the moment comes naturally when we are grateful,” it states in Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise Hay & friends.
Oliver Sacks, in Gratitude (he knows, and accepts, that he’s at the end of this life from cancer.) “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return.”
Let us consider our relationship with Gratitude.