Inspire Me Thursday: Gratitude

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

I am wondering what might happen if instead of saying sorry all the time (as many are compelled to do at times, myself included), we say thank you, instead. A client this week inspired this thought in me.

Many of us have the “sorry” button easily accessible, ready to try to remedy and soothe every situation. Some of us say sorry when, truly, sorry isn’t needed (we know in our bodies when an apology is actually needed).  As my client said, “When I say sorry all the time, it’s like giving away my power and the impact of a true apology lessens.”  Wise words.

Next time you feel a “sorry” creeping up, see if a word of gratitude would suffice instead. You may find that a word of thanks is actually more powerful and appropriate.

For example, if a friend goes out of his way to drive you to your bus stop on a rainy night, instead of saying, “sorry this was so much trouble,” try, “I thank you so much for doing this for me.”

The gratitude implies understanding and empathy, that you “get” the ways in which this extra effort might have created a bit of stress.

Ready to try it today, on this Thanksgiving day?  Try pulling a “thank you” out of your throat when you feel an unnessesary, disempowering “sorry” emerge. How do you feel differently?

And I leave you with a bucket of thanks, with cranberries and whipped cream on top. I wish you a warm, loving day in whatever way you celebrate this day of thanks.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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2 Responses to Inspire Me Thursday: Gratitude

  1. Reblogged this on Momentum of Joy and commented:
    I really like this. Hope you do, too. 🙂

  2. So very beautiful dear sister, thanks for sharing!

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