By Dr. Nancy Buck
If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’ that would be enough”— Meister Eckhart
Sometimes life can be hard. Sometimes life can be really hard for what feels like a really long time. No matter how often you read or hear that life is suppose to be about love, about finding and bringing joy to yourself and others, it can still feel like the hard and sad times are overwhelming you with oppression. Are these times are here to stay?
No matter how often you practice all of the good mental health and happiness strategies of generating an attitude of gratitude, smiling and saying hello to everyone you meet or pass, giving to others what it is that you need most, or even pushing yourself into action instead of remaining curled in a fetal position for protection, you remain paralyzed in the pain of the really hard time that is your life in this present moment.
When all else fails, offer this prayer: Thank you
Even if you don’t believe in God or a power greater than yourself, say Thank you.
Even if you aren’t thankful in your heart and you feel like a phony, say Thank you.
Even if you’re so angry you want to spit and scream, say Thank you.
Even if you have no more hope, faith or energy for anything else, say Thank you.
Try falling asleep at night saying Thank you and waking in the morning saying Thank you. See how this prayer alone can change, shift and help your mental health and happiness.