Sometimes it really is the little things.
Think about how many times in a day you exchange the words “thank you” and “you’re welcome.” Maybe it’s on the phone, or to the UPS man or, when someone slows to let you cross the street. Maybe it’s even an integral part of your job.
The words are given and received, effortlessly, millions of times a day by people all around the world.
The words in and of themselves convey our thoughts and are seen as common etiquette. We’re all so busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday routines that our daily interactions with each other somehow become a wash. I wonder what would happen if each of us, once, maybe twice a day, took an extra moment to really absorb the meaning of these words? Absorb them as they are given and absorb them as they are received.
This simple, everyday exchange is actually pretty profound. During that brief moment in time each person has given something of themselves to the other—even if it was an interaction that lasted for just two seconds.
Think of the last yoga class you attended that really moved you—I mean, one of those heart melting, single tear in savasana, “Man, I needed that,” classes. Now, think of how utterly truthful your bow and namaste were at the end of class. You’re thanking yourself, your teacher, your fellow students and the universe. And you really mean it.
Now, let’s be real.
It would be great if the world was one big amazing yoga class but its not. In this season, that teaches us about gratitude and thanks, let’s try to thank each other more often and really feel appreciative while saying those simple words. Make eye contact and smile. Give a hug. Be present. Let the words be felt, as well as heard.
Appreciate each other! Let’s give thanks for giving thanks!
Evan Livesay hails from the South and currently lives in Colorado. She is a horticulturist, a keeper of bees, a yoga instructor and student. She is a lover of history, live music, blue skies, spicy food, nag champa, salty beach skin and vibrant colors. When she’s not hula hooping or attempting to sew she’s probably with her two dogs outside romping around.
Ed: Bryonie Wise
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