There is no greater gift than gratitude

for in the thanking of the world and the other

we find ourselves rewarded in the recognition of all that we have received,

all that we ignore and take for granted,

our heart beating,

our lungs expanding,

our hands peeling the potatoes,

our eyes seeing each other’s smiles,

the touch of hands,

the tenderness the voice,

birdsong,

dawn,

this sweet drenching of rain to a parched earth.

Gratitude for food,

For home,

for safety,

comfort,

friendship,

enough.

For most of us have enough.

And gratitude helps us feel full enough to know that we have taken enough,

and in that knowing

there is a space for sharing,

passing on

benevolence

and reaching out

to those who have less.

If there were only one prayer, one sentence, one song left to speak, one last breath

let it be thank you.