Two little words – just two. No more, no less. Just two. They pack such punch that I will actually say that they have changed my life entirely. They are powerful enough to transform your life – they transformed mine. And once I tell you what they are, you will be excited to begin using them yourself.
The two little words are, “Thank you.”
I imagine that you have heard this before. I imagine that this rings a bell. So tell me, do you use those words? Do you feel their power?
I believe that by saying Thank You we automatically place ourselves in what I like to call a state of grace. In this state, we are accepting of all people, all things, all circumstances. In a state of grace, we do not fight. We do not wage war in our own minds, or between countries. When we are in a state of grace, we are in the flow, we do not struggle. We move ahead with conviction, belief, and understanding, but we do not plunder or pillage or belittle another as we do so. When we are in grace, we see possibility, not limits. We see opportunities, not lack. We see beauty in diversity, we do not fear differences. Grace is the epitome of happiness. It is calm, and peaceful, and brilliant…and it is the state from which all things are possible.
This is not some Utopian idea, or some new-age mumbo jumbo. You can achieve a state of grace – and you can maintain it – and the first step to doing so is to utter those two little words — consciously and with heart.
On my birthday, I went to Port Stanley with the intention of saying “thank you” for all the tremendous success I have enjoyed this past year, for the strength to move forward despite the fact that it seemed like all odds were against me, and for the sense that I have every day that I am supported and loved by those around me. I have much to be thankful for, and while I give thanks every day for many things, on my birthday, I like to make an even bigger statement by speaking my gratitude aloud at my favourite spot in Ontario. It seems to me to be a great way to celebrate a birthday. And it is a perfect way to ensure that this next year is one filled with health, happiness, and above all, grace.