A Free Writing Prompt for You: What makes you grateful? How do you say, “Thanks”?
from Jacki K
response and illustration
Is that free writing or freewriting? I’ll probably respond to both. And with. Okay, I start.
Finding something lost makes me feel grateful. And I say thanks. To hear good news from family makes me feel grateful, too.
Longer time on earth—and I like being here, by the way—means loss. Someone dying is not about me, but I can’t help but take it personally. I think we’re supposed to, actually. After all, after death the issues are for those us remaining.
With losses that are severe—yes, loss of life but also loss or lessening of health and means and prospects—the small things to be thankful for mean more. I mean, I suppose losses in life could lead to bitterness, though as a lifestyle I try to move myself away from that. Maybe when I’m old and all alone, I’ll give in.
So lost keys, then. And that one piece of paper with information on it that I need. Sleeping a number of hours without obvious break. A day of color, whatever the season. Which would include a cardinal on the snow. Something new and interesting I see when I drive by. A new-to-me old building to admire or a community announcement that shows the town alive. Remembering to have grabbed exactly what I needed on my way outside the door.
There are many things. Imagine yours.
I do say thank-you and perform small courtesies in kind. Whatever the reaction is matters, though not so much. The joy is in the giving. And so is thankfulness. Small things to be thankful for are gifts and courtesies. I’m a better person when I know these and acknowledge them.
Aren’t we better people for saying and receiving thanks? Giving or receiving? Both? You’re welcome. And thank you.
C L Couch
for the image, kennethkeiferphotography.zenfolio.com (from Google Images)
November 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm
Reblogged this on Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions and commented:
You make me cry.
November 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm
Goodness! Well, I hope it’s good. Thanks for the prompt!
November 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm
Yes, I like to believe we are all made better by giving and receiving thanks, it opens our hearts to do it more! Thank you.
November 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Actually, I read your writing about opening doors and other courtesies and then read Jacki’s prompt. I grew up opening doors and helping on with coats and such. I tended to think this informal training was part of m Southern heritage, though I don’t really know. When it happened that such gestures were considered chauvinist, I decided I’d do these things for everyone. And so I do. Thank you both for the chronology of inspiration for me to write today.