Everyone is familiar with the word thanks as a courtesy that is proffered when a kindness or benefit transpires between one person and another, such as sending a thank you card for a gift or thanking a customer for their patronage. And the convention is that you are appreciative of something nice done or given to you. What I am talking about here is THANKS! Which for me is existing (or attempting to exist) in a state of perpetual gratitude for everything God has made possible for me. If you are an atheist or agnostic feel free to substitute “reality” or “the universe” or whatever you like for “God”. He’ll forgive you 😉
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things in our lives – we all say that we have so much to be thankful for. But were it not for the bad, the good would be meaningless. Without winter would the spring feel as warm? If there were never sorrow could we be happy? If there were no bad people in the world would we be able to appreciate the good?
For every kindness life has offered you then there is somewhere a slight to be thankful for.
And for me that is the profound beauty of what I believe is God’s Creation – that it encompasses all. And that is why I say THANKS! writ large – to encompass it all.