Why do we give thanks? There are a million different situations ‘when’ we give thanks; a million social situations ‘where’ we are expected to give thanks; but WHY do we give thanks those times when the thanks itself rises from our inner core?
I look at a sunrise and am thankful because it is beautiful; it is something I have no control over; I cannot create one on demand, and yet it is there every single morning greeting my day. I view an awesome sunset knowing that the darkness will soon engulf my part of the world; feeling secure that the cycle of life is as it should be. I know the stars are there – seen or unseen, and that the moon orbits close by.
There are times when I am overwhelmed with thanks for friends, family, and humanity in general. I could never have imagined all the bonds I have with people, nature, life and the oneness that we all share in this lifetime. I have no control over the atoms, the schema of life on Earth, the speed with which time travels or over the forces of nature. I am thankful that all of these processes are as they should be.
I think about all of the people I have met in my lifetime….real, virtual, shared memories of others, yet-to-know, family, friends, my child ….on the day I was born I had no idea that my life would be so full of amazing, intricate, and fluid connections. I am thankful every moment because of my connections to all of you – life flows “through” us all…it does not just stop when I receive it – it must be shared. Life, love, kindness…are nothing unless shared.
Why do I give thanks? I give thanks because I could not fill life’s gaps on my own…puzzle pieces need to fit tightly together to complete the design…I give thanks because the universe fills in the gaps when I am not even aware of it. I give thanks because where I am incomplete, you all complete me. Nature, life, friends, family and total strangers make me more than I could ever be on my own.
I give thanks because in all the things I have no control over – I am confident that things are working as they should.
I give thanks because ….
well actually, sometimes I just give thanks …