“ ‘Thank you’ more complex than at first viewed when examined thoroughly through the lens of the human experience.”
That statement about the phrase “thank you” has great significance.
Those of us deprived by childhood abuse of the basic necessities of love and nurture may well be deadened, emotionally. The human connection that the words “thank you” signify may actually feel threatening to us. Sadly, that connection has been foreign to us, outside our experience.
At a minimum, we are likely to doubt we have anything of worth to offer the world…anything to prompt thanks from others.
But deprivation heightens the capacity for gratitude. Skip a single meal. Sleep a single night on a park bench or huddle against the cold, under a makeshift cardboard shelter. Then go home again to a full plate and a warm bed, a solid roof over your head. See whether your perspective has not changed.
The smallest kindness is magnified a thousand times over for abuse victims. A word or gesture of concern feels like rain on the desert to us. A thoughtful act can sometimes save a life.
As victims (who, incidentally, make up a large percentage of the homeless), we may not be able to express our thanks, not adequately. But we will treasure that simple phrase or gesture as if it were precious gold.
To us, it is. The words “thank you” acknowledge that we have been seen, that we exist. They imply, above all, that we are human and worthy of acknowledgment. That is healing balm to our wounds, even if we cannot vocalize a response.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” (1 Chron. 16: 34).
Wishing you all a Happy Turkey Day!
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