Your Welcome

Meister Eckart shared, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.”

I really appreciated hearing this message and the simplicity of what prayer can be.  We don’t have to over complicate the act or be religious about it.  We can simply, say thank you for what we have or are experiencing and that in itself is prayer.  How beautiful.

There is also the power of receiving gratitude and acknowledging it with an in kind response, like, “your welcome.”  If we treat gratitude, acknowledgment, compliments as the gifts that they are, a natural, respectful, and loving response is to say “your welcome.”  What I often hear, however (and I include myself in this) is a more dismissive response somewhat deflecting ownership that we did anything or are responsible for any part in what is being acknowledged OR we also say, “no, THANK you.”  Which is another way of not really receiving the gratitude.  I think there are many reasons we do this; from the ways we have been habitualized to not draw attention to ourselves, come off as self-important, boastful, or appear conceited or in many ways our overall opportunity in knowing how to receive.  Being able to receive, feeling worthy of what we think or say we want is a big opportunity in humanity.  I sense it is why so many of us are working so hard and not experiencing fulfillment.

For today, I just felt called to experiment with just receiving the “thank yous.”  When they come, try expressing, “your welcome.”  And leave it at that.  Become aware and mindful of what occurs for you or inside of you when you are on the receiving end of gratitude or acknowledgement and see if there is an opportunity to receive more gracefully.  If we are understanding it be a gift, which it really is, receiving it, is the most graceful thing we can do. We certainly don’t hand people back physical gifts when they give them to us.  Why don’t’ we treat the gift of gratitude in the same way?  With a smile and a “your welcome.”

For your consideration.

Category: behavior, choice, communication, personal growth | 4 comments

  • patrick says:

    Thank you Jennifer.

  • Elana says:

    I once shared Meister Eckart’s quote with a client who vehemently disagreed with it. She had a harsh inner critic and never thought she did or was “enough.” This is a beautiful reminder to receive. Thank you!!

  • Jessica says:

    “Thank you” for this. xx ~J

  • Davia says:

    Good morn my darling. Lovely post. That very experience just happened to me when Phyllis took me to the train station. We went back and forth with the “no, thank yous”, so I will try to take a pause and simply say “thank you”. Sooooo, thank you for your sweet words of wisdom that are wonderful little reminders of how blessed we all are. And we are all loved, we need to believe it.
    xo Momma


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