Thank the Little Things
Do you thank the little things? When you don’t truly honor what you have, including your gifts, what you have will leave you. This became clear once again as Yogi Bhajan was speaking about a student of his who kept complaining of being lonely, saying that she didn’t have anyone in her life (an intimate partner). One day, he had had enough so he said to her, “Here is $20 to go get a haircut (we don’t cut our hair). The woman asked why. He gave her another $20 and said, “So you can go to a club and meet a man.” Again she asked why. He gave her another $20 and said, “This is to take him to dinner. He will do the rest to you.” She was totally affronted. “That’s disgusting,” she said, and handed the money back to him.
What he was trying to show her was how much she had in her life—the love of friends, her closeness to him, the vastness of the teachings, the power to chant, the beauty of the Naam, and so much more. We sometimes only see what we don’t have and we miss the vastness of what surrounds us.
Last week, I had the great fortune to meet this amazing woman. First, I must put it in perspective. We had just come from a few days with Keith’s father who had a stroke about 20 months ago. He was a very independent 87-year-old before then—fox-hunted on horseback, drove himself and his horse trailer to all events, and chased 30-something women. Now he is very dependent. He still wants to be in charge but this is propagated by following you around and making sure that you are not taking all the food from the fridge or turning the burners off behind you if you try to cook so you don’t burn the house down. He is not mean, nor does he try to be on top of you, he just needs to be in charge of something—his life if possible.
So when we went to Ashville to visit some friends and she wanted to introduce me to her 89-year-old mother, I can’t say I was super excited. Well, I got the surprise of my life. She was simply beautiful on every level and a joyous being of great physical beauty as well. I asked about her great joyous nature and her reply was so simple and so true. She said, “I just walk around all day being grateful for everything, even the things I don’t think I want.” Then she said with a twinkle in her eyes, “You never know what will come from those things do you?” I wanted to be around her. She was the most joyous person I have ever met. What I learned was to be thankful and to thank the little things.
Do you thank your toothbrush for being there to serve your teeth and mouth; your bed, for hosting you each night; your pillows, for cradling your head; the water, for coming out of the tap when you turn it on; your fridge, for keeping your food fresh; the floor, for holding you up? Think of 10 things you take for granted and write them down.
Now see if you can remember to be “greatful” for each of these things more than once each day. Start by being “greatful” for the mundane things that serve you every day, then move to the more profound. Thank your meditative mind for pulling you back from reactions. Thank your practice for sustaining you. Thank the chants for uplifting your spirit; the Naad, the sound current, for changing your state of mind (and always being on call for you). It can be such a simple, fun and profoundly transformative exercise. Let me know how you are enjoying this. The great thing about this is you can’t stay angry or grumpy when you do this. You might get sarcastic about it all, but the more you practice the more you will enjoy how things come running towards you. You will find you lose less time, money, and have less regrets about everything.
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I am so “greatful” to each and every one of you and for each of you. I am most “greatful” to serve you in as many ways as you allow me to.
Wahe Guru love and joy to you,