I was asleep and wanted to sleep, but was desperately trying to keep awake as my child was saying thank you to the universe with her tiny palms folded and eyes tightly shut. She turned to me after she finished and asked when I would say thank you. Sleep left me. Do I really say thank you? Yes, I am greatly relieved that the servant arrives on time and that my vegetable vendor gets me the vegetables I want. I heave a sigh of relief when I finish my chores on time and there is no last minute work to be crammed in. But do I really say thank you? How many of us take time out to say thank you? Where is the gratitude today? It is there in thanking every single day going well. It is there in thanking the universe to give us so much and in case we feel nothing is left for us, giving us the means and ways to find what is rightfully ours. Gratitude goes a long way. The road of gratitude is never barren and cold and hard.
Gratitude brings out a sense of warmth from within that envelops you and makes you feel humble but whole. Thanking the universe is the best gift you can give back to it as it is already so selfless asking nothing in return. I looked at my child and gently told her how I thank the universe everyday for so many things that I have been given. I tucked her in and told her how I am filled with gratitude for my child being a part of my life along with her father. I express gratitude for the house which has become a home, the fire that cooks and gives us feel good food. I thank the universe for all the friends that have stood by me in the toughest times and will continue to stand by.
As I walked back to my room, I switched of the light and there was darkness. Yes, I was grateful for the light. We can be grateful about numerous things. We have only to look around us and see all the things that are a part of our lives and have been taken for granted. It is only when we are deprived of certain things do we recognise the worth. For some it’s a full and final loss whereas for some, there is a chance to get things back again. Why wait till we reach a point where we sit and cry over what we had but never valued it? It is never too late. The more we are grateful for the caring, the more there will be loving and sharing. Saying thank you for being grateful cannot decrease any self respect not make a big man small.
Living a busy life, handling various pressures, trying to juggle jobs and families and keep everyone happy we lose out on living. When we live, we live to the fullest and enjoy our life. Enjoyment comes with recognising the good, the beautiful and expressing gratitude wherever required. The next morning my daughter woke up saying that God came in her dreams and told her she was special.
Manju Mohinani Patil
Manju is a Life coach and conducts workshops on gratitude regularly at Celeste the Center, Mumbai.