Fortunate am I for a myriad of opportunities, of places here and there, and of such amazing people whether they be simply walking by and saying hi or for being around for a season or more. Whatever that has passed my way, I have learned from and am still learning. I realize that the more I think I know, really the more I really have no idea, as I have only begun. What I have come to the conclusion of though is that whoever it may be, gracious I should be.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough,
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
~ Melody Beattie
Whether it’s some rather large need, or something rather minute in scale never do we really know if someone is need – of something. Maybe it is simply an acknowledgement of their being, of having someone out there letting them know that they are concerned. Whatever that may be, we all have those moments.
There was a woman some time ago that when asked what she was grateful for, she replied rather truthfully, “Nothing”. In her mind, there was nothing to be grateful for, that she had nothing. I asked her if she was in front of a computer, because there is a lot of people in this world without a computer. She said, she was. I inquired about her living arrangements and if she was fortunate enough to be living in a house or apartment rather than being on the streets as is the case for so many. She said, she was. I wondered if she had a job, since so many are without one. She said, she had one. I continued by asking if she was able to pay her bills this month and if there was any money left over in her account since a plethora of those out there wish they could say the same. She said, she did and there is. I queried her about her health and asked if she was sick even terminally so as so many suffer daily from health related issues that cause constant pain or are terminally ill and know they don’t have much further to go. She said, she was fine.
Her honesty continued by her saying that she had never thought that way. It was a new line of thinking. She never even thought about those things. She never thought about those things, and it never even occurred to her be grateful as they went unnoticed.
Instead, she focused on lack and on when she did not have. She spent her entire living feeling that she had nothing, when in fact, she was quite rich. She was poor in her own mind though in many a myriad of ways.
What this particular person needed was someone to shed a little light on her darkness and her help her to become aware of the things that she for so long had overlooked. In fact, her entire life was that way and because of that she never really experienced any type of satisfaction. Hers was rather unfulfilled so she asked my advice. It was elementary. Simply start by giving thanks.
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.”
~ The Hausa of Nigeria
Utilizing that same principle, my intention is quite a simple one and that is to say: Thank you.
I appreciate all that you have done for me so is there anything I can do for you?
I find it quite interesting when every now and then I’ll simply throw it there and say – how can I help you?
Never know how someone may respond. Typically not at all, and that most certainly is perfect.
And, whatever the new day and week brings to you I hope yours is a great one and it brings you all that you need, want and desire.
“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson