Probably one of the first things we learned to say as a toddler, after Mommy and Daddy, was "thank you." Those two very important words were stressed over and over again. In fact, I can't think of any other words that got as much training time as thank you, except for maybe "please."
At first when I failed to say the words thank you I'd get a sharp, "Now what do you say?" along with a certain look from my folks. If I continued to forget to use these "good manners" words I'd hear, "Wait until we get home. You're going to get a good talking to." Sometimes this was a precursor to a sharp swat on the bottom, since embarrassing your parents is a hard thing to talk your way out of.
As an adult I know the power of thank you. Not just when I'm responding to someone who has given me something, but when I desire something I want to come into my life.
Let me explain. As you know I am a very spiritual person. I speak to my higher power every day and seek guidance throughout the day. Since life itself is about making choices, and we have the power to create our lives moment-by-moment, I ask my higher power for help in making the best choices. The most perfect decisions for me.
Besides the traditional way of asking for what I want, that we all use, I also like to use thank you. In sales we would call this the presumptive close, where we presume we are already in possession of what we are asking for. As an example, when I sit down at my computer and I'm ready to write a blog or an article, I traditionally will ask God, Spirit, the Universe for help in my writing. I ask that the topics I want to write about and the words I do write, flow effortlessly to me. And it usually works. My writing does get easier and better.
But sometimes when I'm sitting down in front of my computer I feel my heart fill with gratitude. I am so very thankful for everything I have: My wife, My children and grandchildren. My mother and siblings. My friends. My home and certainly my country. My good health and the fact that I am doing my perfect work; writing, speaking, training and coaching.
So instead of asking for what I want I'll just presume that I am already in possession of whatever it is I want. And I'll say, "Thank you Infinite Spirit for helping me write this blog. Thank you for sharing your words with me. And thank you for guiding each and every one of my thoughts. I am truly blessed."
A number of people responded to an earlier blog about asking for what you want. They shared with me the fact that they were at a stage where they were still uncomfortable asking their higher power for everything they want, need and desire. If this is you, try asking with a thank you. Not only does it work but a simple thank you can make you a more loving and happier person.
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