Why the Giving of Thanks Matters.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
We humans are stubborn creatures. Almost from birth, we have the mentality that we can do (whatever the goal may be) ourselves — sans the help of others. Even large tasks we attempt to bear the burden alone. I’m not just referring to physical and occupational objectives; but also mental, emotional, and spiritual matters, as well. We push and we strive — and in many cases, overcome. Yet “no man is an island” and there is truly only so much we can do for ourselves before we need the help of others.
Asking for help does not make you weak. Let me repeat myself: asking for help does not make you weak. Just the opposite, actually. It takes an almost inhumane amount of courage to swallow your pride and admit that you can’t do it on your own. To realize that the mountain you face is not one you can climb alone; and then acting upon that realization, will only bring about success. Let me ask you this: How many times in your life have you failed, when, if you had asked for assistance and received it, would you have succeeded?
Which brings me to the point of this particular post: Gratitude. Telling someone simply “thank you” can be a game-changer. Especially when someone goes above and beyond to help you out. We all know of someone who was there for us when we needed them the most. We all know of someone who dropped everything they were doing to help you. May it be a listening ear on a frantic phone call at 3AM, lending you money so you can get to work and not starve, even just telling you a joke or giving you a hug when you’re sad. Regardless of how alone you feel in life, there has always been someone there for you — and there always will be. So, give thanks to them.
So, give thanks. Give thanks with a grateful heart. Even in your darkest hour, there is a hand waiting for you to pull you up. If you need help, ask for it. And when you receive it, give thanks to those who were there for you. Whether we realize it or not, we’re all in this together.