Friday, October 2, 2009

How to Say “Thank you”

I stayed for a few days with a dear friend of mine a while back and when I got home I sat on my bed and started sobbing. I didn’t realise how stressed I had been and her home was a haven for four days. I was moved by her love and generosity during my visit. Her love and quiet home was just the thing I needed. A simple ‘thank you’ didn’t seem right. I wanted to thank her again and again. On the flight home I was reading Elizabeth Gilberts’ book, ‘Eat Pray Love’, and when I came upon this quote, I e-mailed it to my friend when I got home:

“. . . in the end, though, maybe we must give up trying to pay back the people in the world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”  Elizabeth Gilbert “Eat, Pray, Love: . . .”

So. Thank you again. Here’s to all of you that sustain my life and make my world a less lonely place to be: 

Say thank you . . . . “forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

Likely 2009 014 Whisky Jack (Likely, B.C.  Summer 2009)


  1. How sweet. Glad you had a rest with your kind friend.

  2. Wonderful post :-) More people need to learn how to say "thank you". Not only for the big things, but for the little day-to-day things too -- someone holding a door open, a cashier handing you your change.... it's such an easy and meaningful thing to do.

    Hmmmm....there must be easier ways to get your kids to move out than by moving into a 180 sq ft apartment!! ;-)


  3. Back to basics, being able to enjoy the simple things in life. That's what it's all about!
    Take care