a simple “thank you” note

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
“thank you,”
that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

― Thomas Merton

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(beauties at the garden center / Julie Cook / 2015)

Fussing
Cussing
Grousing
Whining
Complaining
Lamenting

Easily uttered, done and said

Wallowing
Groveling
Sniveling
Hating
Resenting

Self effacing, quick and easy

Negative grumbling
Self pitying
Wounded pride
As a deck stacks against life

Yet why not a sigh of relief?
A release of self?
Looking up, rather than down?
Out rather than in?

Thankful
Grateful
Appreciative
Lighter
Higher
Freer

Thank you. . .

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6 comments on “a simple “thank you” note

  1. ColorStorm says:

    It almost looks like your flowers are saying ‘thank you.’

    Well, maybe not almost, they are!

    • Thank you CS—I find myself so often swimming in my own bowl of “oh woe is me” as it is often easier to partake of such verses the sheer delight and abandon of Thanksgiving—as simply noted in a blooming flower—God gives so many gifts that I either take for granted or simply overlook as I am so immersed in the life of self 🙂
      Blessings for a weekend free of the mudslinging 🙂

  2. David says:

    I’m not sure you’d get flowers like that in our garden centre Julie! But you are right. We should thank God for everything. I don’t always feel like doing that and when I do feel like it I often forget.

    Blessings, David

  3. Gorgeous flowers and great thoughts, missy! Blessed be your Pentecost. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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