I went to work today (today being Tuesday still, because I haven’t gone to bed yet), much like any other day, after having read posts on the several blogs that I follow. Like any other occasion, I found that these blogs had given me things to think about, or at the very least, raised my awareness of things that I generally don’t seem to notice in life.
For instance, while I tend to be thankful towards people who I meet daily, but I rarely think to thank people who enrich my life without ever meeting me. Something as simple as saying “thank you” seems to be it’s own reward for me, and I imagine most people who would bother to be thankful for things would find it as beneficial as I. For example, I recently discovered the musical compositions of Margot Reisinger, and it crossed my mind that, sure, I thanked her by purchasing one of her albums (via Amazon) but I never actually thanked her personally. How often do we get that sort of opportunity?
Oddly enough, she has a Facebook page for her music, so I thanked her there. Go figure. I wonder how many musicians or composers get a “thank you” for doing what they love to do? Hmm….
And on a more base level, what about the people at the supermarket where we buy our groceries? How often do we take the time to say thank you (and really mean it) to the many people there who toil endlessly so we can put cheap food into your fridge? How about the farmers that help grow that food? Or maybe the animals that gave their lives so that we might sustain ours? Just things to think about…
Further, and on a much lighter note, it crossed my mind that while writing on here I have yet to share any of the other blogs I’m reading with those who take time out of their busy schedules to read mine. As such, it seemed fitting that I say thank you, first, to those of you who read my blog, and secondly, to those of you who nearly-daily give me something new to think about.
And so, my list of noteworthy blogs for tonight:
- I Stop for Suffering
- Make Believe Boutique
- A Quest for Peace
- Till We Have Faces
- Japan and Korea: Life, Language and Religion
Thanks to each one of these (and others), I have plenty of things to think about throughout the day that I might otherwise have not considered on my own. Thank you.
I also want to say thank you to my wonderful wife, who also started blogging recently (see Hypercello). Not only does she put up with me, but her blogging offers me a little more insight into things at home while I spend so much of my day at work. Thank you, Love.
So tonight I challenge you to thank someone for something, not just the same people you are already good at thanking, but someone who you tend to forget to thank for their efforts. Thank them earnestly, even if they’ll never know it. Maybe there is just something to be said for the positive energy of having been thankful at all.
Thank you all. I hope you each are well and are at peace. Much metta, friends.