May gratitude rise within you and overflow to penetrate the lives of everyone in your presence!!
Over the past several weeks – in anticipation of Thanksgiving – I’ve been pondering this word – Thanksgiving. I’ve devoted time to reflect on what “giving thanks” actually looks and feels like. Last year at this time, I commented on Thanksgiving and selected the word “Gratitude” as I rushed out the door to celebrate. While I genuinely meant what I shared, I realize now that I’d grown so accustomed to using certain words and had not truly made time to ponder them or grasp their true meaning or the intense feeling that journeys along with each word.
This year is different. Maybe being physically “handicapped” by a fractured ankle – or receiving good news on my condition – played a role. In any case, for some reason, I’ve spent a bit more time reflecting on and considering these words – Thanksgiving, gratitude, gratefulness, being thankful. After spending weeks immersed in this process, I now sit quietly and wonder if these words (intellectual) truly convey the overpowering, heart-racing intent (feelings) of these words. I wonder also…if there’s something that goes above and beyond the mentally understood definitions of these words – somewhat like the power and impact often contained in the word LOVE? Are these types of words designed simply to be place holders…for true meaning…and do they attempt to stand in for or substitute for emotions and feelings that cannot fully be conveyed through any other means – especially intellectually?
If you, like me, have undergone a series of life-altering events and during those times (or any time for that matter) another person has reached out to offer assistance or support – in any way – you know that feeling – that amazing energy that wells-up and gurgles deep within. You try as hard as you can to come up with words, phrases – anything that will help catapult those feelings into the outside space or ethos so others will hear and know. As you try to articulate what’s stirring inside, you dig deep within for those ideal words. Instead you stutter and fumble for what seems to be un-nameable. Words such as “thank you,” “I appreciate it” and so on…seem so insufficient… so inadequate. For example:
THANK YOU – “An expression of gratitude.”
- Be grateful
- Be indebted
- Be obligated
- Bow down
- Show appreciation
- Show courtesy
- Show gratitude
GRATITUDE – “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
As Thanksgiving 2014 comes to a close…and we begin to prepare for the upcoming Holidays and beyond…may true expression and demonstration of those feelings that gurgle within fill the world that surrounds you.
© 2014 EM Carlock
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