Maybe where you want to be is just a thank-you away

I’ve not been able to post for a while, because life got, well, a bit busy, and I had decided not to ever post in a hurry (and that’s one decision I must re-look.) Then today, I heard something that struck me as so  beautiful I said, so what if it’s a small one, this sentence is worth a post.

And the sentence is, maybe where you want to be is just a thank-you away.

I first heard about ‘attitude of gratitude’ about ten years ago, and all that time, I remember I laughed outright. I mean, surely no one expected me to be grateful about the problems I was facing (and yes, it’s strange but I usually have problems I am facing).  An attitude of gratitude? It sounded outright ludicrous.

After a few days, though, and somewhat reluctantly, I tried it on for size. And I noticed how, on the days I  managed to remember to be grateful about something or the other, I generally felt better about other things, too.

Gratitude is supposed to put one’s mind into a more peaceful, more receptive frame of mind (or should that be no-mind?) when we are so open we notice opportunities and synchronities and stuff like that. Gratitude is like acceptance, or maybe the next level, because it carries the calm warmth of a blissful peace. It seems simple enough, but oh, it is so difficult to remember. Witness, if you will, how an industry has sprung around books and tools telling us how important it is, and also things to remind us to do it, be it beautiful gratitude diaries or gratitude rocks, whatever.

Really, is gratitude that difficult to remember or do? Even after we have seen it work, as anyone who has tried would have? Perhaps the ‘payoff’ seems far away, too far away to break the current activity for that small thank-you, and so we postpone that “thanks” a few minutes at a time, morning to afternoon to evening to night and then it is the next day and we can begin that minute by minute postponing.

And then I come across this gem of a sentence, “maybe where you want to be is just a ‘thank you’ away” and I am inspired to…

…say thanks?

No, I am inspired to blog about it. Oh, the perpetual evasions of the intellect.

Now I must take a break and actually say that thank you instead.

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About Swapna Kishore
I'm a writer, blogger, and resource person for dementia/ caregiving in India. I have also been a dementia caregiver for well over a decade, and am deeply concerned about dementia care in India; on this blog I share my personal caregiving journey, my experiences as a resource person for dementia care, and musings on life, aging, dementia in India, and such sundries. More about me and the work I do for dementia care. For structured information on dementia, for discussions, tools and tips on caregiving issues, for resources in India, and for caregiver interviews, please check my website http://dementiacarenotes.in (or its Hindi version, http://dementiahindi.com). For videos on dementia caregiving (English and Hindi), check the youtube channel here.

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