These days I try to call him each morning to see how he is doing and we still have a few laughs. I have also tried to pinch hit for him when he is not physically up to teaching his classes. It was a delightful surprise when he called to invite me out to dinner the other night . He treated and he shared with me how grateful he is for our reconnecting.He also thanked me for introducing him to the college, helping him out when he can't find the energy to teach and for our continued friendship.His gratitude was genuine and quite moving. I really didn't expect to get emotional but I did....sort of. We laughed a lot. Laughing can be a cover for how we really feel. I think this is accurate for all of us "manly-men."
I never dreamed that I would be a recipient of gratitude or at least expect that I would receive thanks from someone who has taught me much and assisted me in my own formation.
Of course I am delighted when my family expresses their thanks to me and I am moved by their continued unconditional love.I am just humbled by the gift of their presence in my life. They are gift to this undeserved pilgrim. I don't think I thank them or God enough.
So this is my way of saying "thanks" for all those who have given me so much and my way of encouraging anyone who reads this to say "thank you" to everyone who has given a part of their life to you.
May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving !
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- M. Eckhart
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- A. Schweitzer
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
- G.K. Chesterton
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"
- W. A. Ward
My Help, My Hope Psalm 121
I lift my eyes to you
my help, my hope
the heavens (who could imagine?)
the earth (only our Lord)
the infinite starry spaces
the world's teeming breadth
All this. I lift my eyes
and I praise.
-Daniel Berrigan SJ