I believe that the energy of gratitude fills the empty spaces between us and strengthens the connection linking individuals thus creating a deeper sense of community. That energy is magnified when we are present and intent in the expression. Even worse; insincere or empty gratitude weakens our human connections.
How many times a day do we say “thank you” without realizing it? During a busy day, saying thank you to people is second nature; like exhaling. I suspect that if you don’t remember saying it, it couldn’t have meant all that much at the time. We float through our days in an emotional fog expressing a shallow, unmemorable sense of gratitude that demeans any verbal example of the gratitude we actually might be feeling.
I spend my days working with and around all kinds of people with whom I have reciprocal work relationships. All day, every day, most of us regularly interact with the people in our lives in symbiotic ways in all aspects of our lives; work, family, personal relationships, and more. In our relationships with the people we know and with those we’re merely crossing paths with, we have opportunities to express gratitude for numerous reasons. But if there’s no intention and depth to the gratitude, it doesn’t have the energy needed to fill the space.
And, yes, I believe that even the smallest generosities deserve intentional gratitude. So tomorrow; maybe even tonight, while you’re out and about in your world, in your home, in your office; and you have the occasion to say thanks to someone take the time to look them in the eye. Give the moment your full attention. Even if you’re just thanking a cashier at your local grocery store; be present and let the energy of gratitude flow from you into the person you’re interacting with and outward into the environment.
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