The Power of Thankfulness


“The Power of Thankfulness” by Joan Y. Edwards

The barnstar of thankfulness

The barnstar of thankfulness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thankfulness is powerful. Thankfulness gives you a chance to receive more of what you are thankful for.

I think of the ten lepers that Jesus healed.  Only one came back and said, “Thank you.”

In your lifetime, I’ll bet there have been many times when you did something for another person and…they…never…said, “Thank you.” They may not have even given you a smile.

I know, I know. We shouldn’t do things just for the recognition. However, it is nice to receive thanks for the things we do, the things we give.

What do you do if people don’t say thank you? Do you chop off their heads? Do you refuse to help them next time? If you’re getting upset because no one said, “Thank you,” you need to change your reasons for doing things in the first place. In the second place, you can thank yourself. You can celebrate your willingness to help others even when they don’t say, “Thank you.” Thirdly, remember that God thanks you. He knows and appreciates everything you do to help His people.

When you sincerely thank people for what they do for you, you light up their lives. It’s possible that no one has ever shown them appreciation for all the work they do. Even if it’s a service you’ve paid for, it is a great thing to thank others for their service. When we are thankful for each thing we have, we set the good vibes to receive more.

When you are down, list in your mind or on paper, ten things for which you are thankful. It’ll change your emotions. Changing your thoughts, changes your emotions. Your emotions are the clues to your thoughts. Before long, you’ll be feeling better.

The want to control other people, events, and experiences seems a human thing. It’s definitely something I desire from time to time. I want to:

  • Control the traffic.
  • Control what my spouse does.
  • Control what happens to my family and friends.
  • Control my body.
  • Control my mind.
  • Control my experiences.

Goodness! Such stress. Does wanting and wishing for control do any good?

“No.” People still do what they feel best for them. Traffic keeps flowing in its own way. Good events and bad events still happen without my control, approval, or disapproval.

However, accepting myself and others creates a great deal of peace within me. Being thankful for others as they are, creates a great deal of wisdom of the unhealthy demands for perfection on my part and theirs.

In the movie, The Secret, Lee Brower tells about how he found a rock and said, “Every time I touch this rock I’m going to remind myself of how thankful I am for my life.” He shared his rock with a man from South America. The man asked him to send him some gratitude rocks. He sent him some from his neighborhood. The man from South America used these rocks to remind him to be thankful for the healing of his son. His son did heal. See the full text from the gratitude segment in The Secret: http://www.freewebs.com/gratituderock/

Gratitude shifts your focus to love and peace.

No matter whether the person you helped or gifted is thankful, God remembers. The universe remembers. Some people call it, “Good Karma.”

  • What goes around, comes around.
  • What you do for or to others, comes back to you.
  • When you think positive, you allow positive things to happen.
  • When you think negative, you’re allowing or inviting negative things to happen.
  • You reap what you sow. It’s like a boom-a-rang. What you send out, comes back to you.
  • When you put only sad thoughts in your mind, sad thoughts come out, and more sad thoughts and sad events come in.
  • When you judge others, you allow judgment to come back to you.

Your own thankfulness puts you in line to receive more of what you are thankful for.

  • If you want more money, be thankful for the money you have and use it wisely.
  • If you want more friends, be thankful for the friends you have and treat them nicely.
  • If you want more food, be thankful for the food you have and use it in a healthy way.
  • If you want more knowledge, be thankful for the knowledge you have and use it wisely.
  • If you want a better job, be thankful for the job you have and do it well.
  • If you want a better house, be thankful for the house you have and keep it well-maintained.
  • If you want publication, be thankful for your gift of writing and for all publishers.

You can also be thankful for the gifts you want to receive and mention them as having been received. Show:

  1. Gratitude for your published books.
  2. Gratitude for your new house.
  3. Gratitude for your friendships.
  4. Gratitude for your good-paying job.
  5. Gratitude for your customers.
  6. Gratitude for the flowers, grass, and shrubs in your yard.
  7. Gratitude for an abundance of rainfall.
  8. Gratitude for your abundance of money.
  9. Gratitude for your healthy body, mind, and spirit.
  10. Gratitude for your education.

Being thankful helps you accept where and who you are in this particular place and time. A sense of gratitude pays off big time. A sense of gratitude grows with each utterance of thankfulness said aloud or in private. Here are things that like me, you might be thankful for:

What’s on your gratitude list?

Design something to help you remember to wake up being thankful. Put something on the table beside your bed. Right beside your glasses. Or put something in the bathroom beside your toothbrush. Or perhaps you’d like to put it on the breakfast table, or beside the coffee pot. The more times you’re thankful, the better off you will be. Choose a rock, plate, necklace, key chain, plaque, doll, flower, or other item as a symbol of your gratitude.

Use the power of thankfulness. Be thankful for your life. There is no one else like you. You are a blessing to our world. Thank you for being you.

Celebrate you
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

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16 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,
    I am ever so grateful and thankful for your tips and your friendship.

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    • You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to be your friend and to offer tips to help you.

      Joan Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  2. I am thankful for you, Joan! Great piece of writing. I am going to focus on the things for which I am thankful today!

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    • Dear Ann,
      Thanks for being thankful for me. I appreciate it. I am grateful that I met you through my blog. It’s fun having you in the Savvy Wordsmiths writing group in Fort Mill, SC. You are a good friend. Thanks.

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  3. Joan, great post, and so true!

    I remember when I first started doing this — I was driving east on local Route 109 and got stuck behind a large truck on a section of road with nowhere to pass. At last I came to the town center, where there is a very short section of road that is two lanes.
    Being focused on gratitude instead of cursing the truck, I was alert enough to be able to pass it {grin} and was duly grateful.

    Speaking of grateful, I am very grateful to know you.

    I am not particularly grateful about spam filters {grin} but I do, I believe, have a poem about them somewhere …

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    • Dear Margaret,
      Thanks for writing. It’s amazing how helpful being grateful instead of grouchy can help you. I’m glad that it helped keep you safe. Thank you for reading my blog. I’m also glad you’re a member of Wordmuncher’s Critique group. Yee Haw for good friends!
      Celebrate you. Share your poem about spam filters if you like. It would be fun to read it.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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      • Greedy Spam Filters

        Monday there were
        57 messages
        from people I know
        in my Bulk Mail folder.

        Tuesday I added their names
        to my address book.

        Wednesday there were
        65 new messages
        from people I know
        in Bulk Mail.

        Thursday I read each one
        and marked it “not spam.”

        Friday there were
        80 new messages
        from people I know
        in Bulk Mail.

        Saturday I emptied
        the folder.

        Sunday I emailed
        everyone in my address book
        asking them to resend
        their email.

        I wonder if they
        got it?

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        • Dear Margaret, Thanks for sharing your poem about Greedy Spam Filters. Shame on them hoarding the mail from people you know. Your poem made me smile. Thanks a bunch. I’ll bet it’ll help others smile, too.

          Celebrate Your Gift of Poetry Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  4. Joan Edwards – You always remind me to be grateful and thankful – and I am so grateful and thankful for knowing you. Thank you for being you!!
    Claire

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    • Dear Claire, Thank you for writing. You’re welcome. I’m so glad I went to Fort Mill to the meeting of the group there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have met you. What a bummer that would have been.

      Do something to celebrate you today. Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards

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  5. Joan- I’m not sure that God thanks us for what we do for HIm (how could we ever do enough for Him?) But your blog post struck home to me when I realized that I’ve been grumpy about someone not appreciating what I did for them. You’re right. I probably did it for the wrong reason!!! Thanks for the great reminder. Carol

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    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing and sharing your experience. I think God sends us a “thank you.” It may be through a blessing. It may be through someone else doing something for us. Our “thank you” might come from sources known and from sources unknown. Sometimes the gift we want others to give us is not a gift they have to give. So God sends us the gift through someone or something else. That’s my belief.
      God does appreciate what we do to help others. I know what you mean. He doesn’t speak in a loud voice, “Thank you for helping your fellow man.” But, when I say “thank you” to God. He says in a wee small voice in my heart, “You’re welcome.”
      The greatest commandment says “Love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind and your neighbor as yourself.” When you are doing something for someone else, remember that God appreciates it and loves you for doing it. Try to let it be all right if people say thankyou. But also, let it be okay if they don’t say thank you. It’s amazing how freeing that is.
      Figuring out why we’re grumpy is a blessing. Then we can figure out what we need to let go of and let God show us his thankfulness and His mercy and His all encompassing love for us.
      What I hate is when I’m grumpy and I can’t figure out why. That’s when I try to remember all the things I’m thankful for to change my mood. Or some days, I have to admit, I just stay grumpy.
      Remembering to accept yourself, whether you’re grumpy or happy, helps you accept others as they are: grumpy or happy. Accepting yourself when you’re grateful or ungrateful, helps you to accept another person when they’re grateful or ungrateful.
      I’m so glad I know you. I look forward to reading your book about the two girl friends. Keep on writing. God is happy with you.

      Celebrate you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  6. As usual a thought provoking entry, Joan. Thanks for being there for us. Sarah

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    • Dear Sarah,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate that you think this post was thought provoking. You’re welcome for my being there for you. It is my pleasure to know you and communicate with you. Thanks for Pub Subbing with me and being our Pub Subber cheerleader.

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  7. […] The Power of Thankfulness (joanyedwards.wordpress.com) […]

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    • Dear J,
      Thank you for linking to my blog post, “The Power of Thankfulness.” You’re right. A simple thank you is a great idea.

      Sincerely,
      Joan

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