Teşekkürler, Ahó, Néá’eše, (toda) תודה, Hohóu, Ihe edn, Dankie, Tak, Kiitos, Shukran, Merci, Maltiox, Kia ora, Miigwech, Fa’afetai, ありがとう (arigatō), Grazie, Danke, Ahxéhee’, Gracias, Mahalo*
It seems to me we spend a lot of time being generally thankful for things this time of year, and that is certainly a good thing. But I’d like to take a little time to not just offer my random thankfulness to the universe or God or a goat… but rather take the time to thank YOU.
After all, I think we can all be thankful for our health, whatever version of it we have… if you’re reading this you’re alive.
I think we can all be thankful for our blessings… if you’re reading this, odds are pretty good you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and technology at your fingertips.
I think we can all be thankful for our community… usually all of your family doesn’t suck (although I know for some people a lot of your family does, and I’m sorry you have to live with that… I know how lucky I am on this one), usually the community you live in has groups, friends, services, volunteer opportunities to help your life be even more fulfilled (unless you live in a horrible place, in which case… maybe we can plot a move for you? It isn’t as impossible as it might seem).
With all this general thankfulness culminating on one day of the year, I want to take the time to say Thank YOU. Thank you every day of the year. You are the individuals who put us square in the middle of our dreams
For Thanksgiving this year, I am grateful for you and want to thank you for being a part of our lives.
I started this writing with “Thank you” said in 22 different languages, including several Native American tongues out of respect and gratitude.
In researching the languages I selected some and not others, simply because some languages have so many ways to say “Thank you” I couldn’t select a single option. What a beautiful thing that some cultures have literally dozens of ways to communicate “Thank you.”
Every year this holiday rolls around I know more and more people that practice a little gratitude every day. Maybe we can come up with 365 ways to say “Thank you” this year?
Thank you for being a part of my world.
*Turkish, Crow, Cheyenne, Hebrew, Arapaho, Apache, Afrikaans, Danish, Finnish, Arabic, French, Mayan (K’iche’), Māori, Ojibwe, Samoan, Japanese, Italian, German, Navajo, Spanish, Hawaiian