I Thank You


It takes a generosity of spirit to say thank you.
Only a heart recognizing the giver is able
To share gratitude with contentment.
Appreciation gone unsaid is piled up stingy,
It molders in the greedy takers soul. 
By withholding satisfaction selfish hoarding
Ignites hot resentment at the easing of need.
Gratitude thoughtfully related gently warms
Both the recipient and the giver’s hearts.
Kindness and effort work courageously together
Hand in hand like accepting and giving, 
But there is only truly helping another 
When there is gratitude in honorably receiving.
Gratitude unstated might really not be there.
How can the helper know 
If the helped one doesn’t share? 
There are secret gimme gimmies
 And takers that don’t care. 
They don’t recognize the sun
And they don’t acknowledge service.
Though the sun shines on all, there are
Shadows filled with fear of unfilled need.
If thank you is unsaid then the coveting ego 
Will continue to try to satisfy hidden greed.
The selfless has no gage to know if the largess
Of their bounty has touched another’s heart.
The effort of the giving may be wasted unless
The words THANK YOU do their essential part.
Thank you is mutually enhancing.
Thank you eases pain and satisfies the soul.
Thank you acknowledges the worthiness of the giver and of the recipient.
Thank you is beautiful. 
Thank you for all that you have done.
Thank you.
You have done so very much more than you know.
Thank you.  Thank you.
You know who you are and I thank you.
I know who you are and I thank you.
Thank you.
Bear … 02.28.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint

16 comments on “I Thank You

  1. Brenda says:

    Gratitude is like spring, when it blooms, the cold goes away. Bear, you are a beautiful soul even as you rail against things you can’t love. You are transcendent in gratitude. Hugs, Brenda


    • What’s not to love? Mwhahahaha!! ….. Ha?
      Thank you for your gentle ego-curbing reprimands and for your lovely observations. And also for your glowing stories and poems and all the heart that you share. XOXOXO


      • Brenda says:

        Ego-curbing reprimands? Ouch. I only meant that some of your recent posts have been full of pain and railing at fate. Which must be expressed, but breaks my heart. And even in your pain, you are lovely, through and through.


        • Always gentle … not ever so ouchy. 🙂 But I do try not to rail, just state the facts as I see/experience them, and I am glad to know that it doesn’t always come across just right. That is a technique critism — therefore ego-curbing, as I see it.:-) I recognize you as one of the few human beings who can understand the difference, and I am honored that you reply at all. 🙂 But that even so, you allow the words reach inside of your sympathetic souls … inside you. And you are kind and generous enough to take the time to let me … and others you respond to …know. It takes courage to step out and allow your responsive sympathetic feelings show. I thank you. XOXOXOXO


  2. willowdot21 says:

    This is beautiful bear and it is so true and these are words of wisdom ! I thank you now for being a friend , I thank you for caring. Thank you.


  3. A spirit of thankfulness and gratitude is so very important. It is easy to feel not appreciated but if we give without expectation as you as said it makes us so much richer inside. I love this Bear! You are writing up a storm lately!



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