I know it’s a little bit early to be writing about Thanksgiving, but that’s not exactly what this post is about. It is simply about giving thanks. I believe it’s never too early or too late to say a simple, yet heart-felt, ‘thank you’ to anyone.
One evening, a few years ago, I stood in the long checkout line at a grocery store. My cart was sagging under the weight of all the odds and ends that make up an average week’s worth of groceries. In front of me stood a woman, with just a carton of milk in one hand and a loaf of bread in the other.
Unlike me, she didn’t seem to mind that the line was moving at the speed of an especially lazy sloth (okay, I’m taking poetic license here — strictly speaking, it’s not laziness at all that makes sloths as slow as they are). The lady turned around and smiled at me and took stock of my cart. And then she did the most amazing thing. She said to me, “Why don’t you go ahead of me in the line?” I thought I was hearing things. She must have seen the confusion on my face, because she laughed and said, “I had a wonderful day today. Letting you check out ahead of me is my way of thanking all those people who helped make this day a beautiful one for me.”
She practically floored me. I mean, we don’t see such kindness very often these days! And the sentiment she expressed was so simple and lovely that it stayed with me. It taught me to never be shy to thank someone sincerely, if they helped make a difference for you. Even if it’s something as small as your best friend giving you a spontaneous hug because she notices that you’re looking frayed around the edges, or something bigger like a total stranger stopping on the road to lend you a hand with changing a flat tire.
Thank you all for coming to my blog again and again to read my rambles. I really appreciate your presence here as well as your encouragement. I’ve learned as much, if not more, from all your insightful comments as I did from my research of each of the subjects I discussed here so far.
I’m going away on a trip to India shortly to see family. I’m leaving behind my laptop and all those implements that would let me be online at the touch of a button. This is my way of thanking my mind and body for still sticking with me, despite my driving them both to exhaustion more often than not. So, I won’t be blogging for a while. Neither will I be able to read your posts for a few weeks, but I’ll definitely be thinking about you all.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful time with your loved ones!!