Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Thank you!

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I would have preferred to conduct a mini-survey with more people, but that would have required effort than I could give to it.

So I put the question to a couple of family members instead. “How many times do you say ‘thank you’ in an average day?”.

My son, in teaching, suggested that on twenty or thirty separate occasions, mainly in the classroom, he would give an instruction to his pupils, and anticipating their co-operation, would finish his sentence with a clear ‘thank you’. Similarly, if he had to reprimand a child for a misdemeanour or infringement of the school rules.

My wife cited more specific instances, relating to a recent few hours, in town and at home, when she offered thanks for help and good service. Around the shops, of course, and, when visiting friends, for refreshments provide. Assistance with various telephone enquiries, too. (Cold callers, though, get short shrift.)

‘Thank you.’ An everyday response, and not difficult to say. Here is a piece forwarded to me a few days ago. More like it can be found at www.mikeys Funnies.com

DEAR GOD:

I want to thank you for what you have already done.

I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards. I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me.

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears;

I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves;

I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;

I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get a job;

I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me grief;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;

I am thanking you right now.

I am thanking you because I am alive.

I am thanking you because I made it through the day’s difficulties.

I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.

I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and more and do better.

I am thanking you because, Father, you haven’t given up on me.