“Thank you.”

These two words are seriously under-rated, especially when put together. As well as being the polite response to somebody else’s actions, there is something deeper going on when we use them alongside each other (in that order).

‘Thank you’ is a phrase that offers recognition – we have recognised what somebody else has done, it has not gone unnoticed.

It is a phrase that shows appreciation – we are expressing something of the value that we place on the actions, which may be out of proportion to the actions. It may be that the phrase feels inadequate because the action was so significant to us. Or it may be that the appreciation is greater than the apparent value of the action because of what it means to us: for example, the simple act of holding a door open for someone may seem insignificant but to that person it may be an act of kindness that changes their mood or perception of others.

‘Thank you’ also demonstrates the value we place on someone else – we aren’t taking them for granted or assuming that what they have done ought to have been done anyway.

It speaks of a job well done; a kindness that was appreciated; a generosity that was a blessing; love that is received.

It’s always nice when someone says. “Thank you.” Awareness of that should help motivate me to be a thanker, to have an attitude of gratitude.

And if we are thankful to other people, how much more should be we thankful to God? Yes, life may be lobbing too many lemons at us for us to be able to make lemonade, but there are always blessings from God if we take the time to look for them. They may be masked by being in the shadow of the rotten stuff that is happening. They may seem insignificant on their own. But look for them, identify them and thank God for them and you will find that you receive an automatic attitude adjustment.

These are the lyrics from Alanis Morissette’s song, ‘Thank you’:

how bout getting off these antibiotics
how bout stopping eating when I’m full up
how bout them transparent dangling carrots
how bout that ever elusive kudo

thank you india
thank you terror
thank you disillusionment
thank you frailty
thank you consequence
thank you thank you silence

how bout me not blaming you for everything
how bout me enjoying the moment for once
how bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
how bout grieving it all one at a time

thank you india
thank you terror
thank you disillusionment
thank you frailty
thank you consequence
thank you thank you silence

the moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
the moment I jumped off of it
was the moment I touched down

how bout no longer being masochistic
how bout remembering your divinity
how bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
how bout not equating death with stopping

thank you india
thank you providence
thank you disillusionment
thank you nothingness
thank you clarity
thank you thank you silence

Be blessed, be a blessing.

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