Thank You For Being A Friend
by Stan Faryna
Andrew Gold, Thank You For Being A Friend
The Big Thank You
Thank you for coming here – to this blog. Thank you for subscribing. All of you. And there’s a lot of you – 10s and 10s and 10s of thousands of you that come here every month.
I thank you all. With all my heart.
Your attention, kindness and friendship means much to me. Beyond what these words can signify. And I bless you.
I bless you with all my heart just as I bless all those who have helped me (and will help me) to be the better me that I can be.
And, yes, this must include the world, the universe, and everything that our science, philosophies and theologies cannot imagine.
What is gratitude?
Wikipedia defines gratitude as a “feeling or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one has received or will receive.”
Wikipedia, however, only goes a little way in helping us to understand what gratitude is or how we should live it out.
Obvious to me, gratitude as merely a feeling or attitude is profoundly incomplete. Because gratitude must be expressed in action. And, gratitude wants to express itself in a manner as large (or larger) than the benefit.
True gratitude also must include the contemplation of the benefits which we have received – all of the benefits. Not just recent benefits. Not just those benefits we recognize among our immediate interests and ambitions.
It goes beyond the feast. Beyond family and friends. Beyond a single day – gratitude goes from here to forever. It must be intimately ontological and well as existential, phenomenological and, last but not least, spiritual. True gratitude – it’s that big.
True gratitude takes us to a place of we – a place beyond the self-centered juxtaposition of me.
Gratitude fuels love – a love that is greater than desire. True gratitude fuels a love that serves and gives. Without expectation of anything but love.
Thank you, my friends, for fueling this kind of love in me.
For in your service of friendship, you have encouraged my perfection, my beatification, my salvation, and, yes, my happiness.
Crazy and beautiful and true!
I hope, this brief glimpse I give to you – of what you have done for me…
I hope this will help you to understand your own potential and Destiny.
22 November 2012