Our Thanksgiving after dinner activities included an exercise in gratitude where we wrote why we are grateful for the members of our family on small pictures our granddaughters had painted.
My youngest granddaughter, J_____ generally sees the world from a different perspective than most of us. Perhaps it’s her red hair. Or maybe it’s her free spirit.
She wrote: I am great full for Grandma because…
That gave me pause.
Because if you think about it, being grateful actually does make us “great full”.
We feel good inside. Others feel good. The step from good to great is not a huge leap.
Giving thanks is that: an act of giving. Giving is good. In fact science has proven repeatedly that any act of kindness performed improves the health of the giver, the receiver, and incredibly, even the health of those who witness the act of kindness.
By being grateful to others we build bridges, give hope and encouragement, and sow the seeds of more good deeds coming our way. People are less apt to help next time if they don’t receive thanks.
Sadly, “thanks” is not common in the modern lexicon. Strangely, some people believe “thanks” takes away their power, positions them lower than others.
If only they understood that by giving thanks they GET power.
I truly think that’s what J_____ meant by great full.
Today, I am great full to J_____ for opening my mind to the great state of great-fullness.