Thank You. It’s the New “F” You. ~ Michelle Berman Marchildon

Via elephant journal
on Jan 12, 2012
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This year, my plan is to make “Thank You” the new “Fuck You.”

Becoming enlightened is just that simple. I saved you years of practice and thousands of dollars, not to mention some time in therapy. You are welcome.
The Universe has been so good to me, especially last year.  It’s given me a million ways to use my new mantra of “Thank you.” Here are some examples of my uber yoginess:

  •     •    I was practicing yoga and one of the other students commented that they couldn’t believe I could still “do it” at my age. Thank you!
  •     •    My mother-in-law recently commented that she didn’t know I worked.  Or taught yoga. Or wrote a book.  Or existed?  She also noted that for the last 50 years I have been loading the dishwasher wrong. I can’t make this stuff up! Thank you!
  •     •    Last year my father-in-law died, my dog died, my mother got cancer, we lost jobs and we were audited by the I.R.S. Thank you!
  •     •    I was at a yoga conference and looking for a strap to use for Natarajasana, Dancer’s Pose, and when I asked one of the organizers where they were, she replied, “Oh, you mean the strap you were supposed to bring from home?”  She then grabbed her foot and did the full pose. Thank you!
  •     •    I recently spoke with a senior executive with a big yoga company about doing something with my book, and she noted that since I was not Rodney Yee, she didn’t see anything we could do “synergistically.”  Thank you!
  •     •    The same goes for a particular yoga and athletic wear manufacturer who has now promised that I will absolutely never be an Ambassador over their dead bodies.  THANK YOU!
  •     •    And to everyone else who will do me wrong in the upcoming year, I appreciate the chance to demonstrate my extreme enlightenment by saying in advance, thank you.  Really, I do.

Now I think I need to get to my mat.  Namaste, bitches.


Michelle Berman Marchildon is the Yogi Muse.  She’s the author of “Finding More on the Mat,” a yoga memoir available from She is funny, this is funny, don’t write a letter.  Thank you.


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14 Responses to “Thank You. It’s the New “F” You. ~ Michelle Berman Marchildon”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    This is brilliant!! Thank you!! LOL. Loved it.

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  2. Angela says:

    I echo the above-this made my day! Hilarious! I will laugh the next time I say 'Thank you' 🙂

  3. steve says:

    LMAO!!!! brilliant

  4. ValCarruthers says:

    LMAO. Oh to be young and uber flexible…NOT. You are spot on Michelle. Bless you. xo

  5. jbnorton says:

    Thank you!

    (Just kidding)

  6. Moved into a new apartment complex recently and inadvertently did something to aggravate one of my new neighbors. I've since learned that she is a survivor of Auschwitz who is into Quantum healing. Incredible woman.

    Anyhow, that afternoon she came to my door and called me every four-letter-word she knew.

    She later explained that it is bad to hold shit in. She gets it out and moves on. We are now best friends.

    Moral of the story, say "fuck you".

  7. karlsaliter says:

    LOVED it.

  8. Signe says:

    Yay….your hilarious post is on EJ!!! I just wanted to say thank you again 🙂

  9. yogadarla says:

    love love love this!
    thank you!

  10. Mizjames says:

    Bwah! Thank you for the laugh! 😀