Dr. Ryan Duffy tells a story of gratitude that tugs on heart strings and resonates with everyone. Dr. Duffy not only touches on the power of gratitude for the person expressing it, but also for the receiver. He challenges us to thoughtfully and deliberately offer our thanks not only to those who inspire gratitude easily, but also to those who may be in the greatest need of that particular kindness.
ODE TO THANKS (Excerpt)
by Pablo Neruda
Thanks to the word that says thanks!
Thanks to thanks,
iron and snow!
The world is a threatening place
makes the rounds
from one pair of lips to another,
soft as a bright
and sweet as a petal of sugar,
filling the mouth with its sound
or else a mumbled
Life becomes human again:
it’s no longer an open window.
A bit of brightness
strikes into the forest,
and we can sing again beneath the leaves.
Follow my tracks in the sand that lead beyond thought and space,
For I can see deep down that you are really a golden bird that needs to dance,
With your spirit enraptured and ascending on the currents of Light –
Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs, or fins, in my sublime applause.
Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life!