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What a 5-Year-Old Taught Me

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Hello Friend,
Here's a sweet article from Tony Mase reminding us that sometimes kids
can teach us much ... As the saying goes, "out of the mouths of babes ..."
Enjoy -- Ron


What a 5-Year-Old Taught Me About Gratitude
One beautiful summer day, shortly before he started
kindergarten, my son, who was five-years-old at the time,
and I were driving somewhere (more than likely a toy store
:-)), when, seemingly out of nowhere, he asked me what I
knew about this "God thing", as he phrased it.
As simply as I could put it, I shared with him my personal
That One is All and All is One. That one Intelligent
Substance manifests itself as what appears to be many
elements of the material world.
Simply put...
We're all made from the same Stuff, a Thinking Stuff.
After I finished my simplified explanation of this concept,
he sat there quietly for a moment or two, staring out the
car window, then he looked at me and said...
"Daddy, that makes sense!"
With "ah-ha" written all over his face...
He added...
"So that's why you're always telling me to love my neighbor
as myself and to treat other people the way I want to be
treated, because we're all one, right Daddy?"
At age five...
He got it! :-)
Not long after our "God talk", as he likes to refer to it,
impressed by his insight and "feeling my oats", I guess, I
decided to tackle a very simplified version of the concept
of gratitude to the Formless (the one Intelligent Substance
from which all things are made), the importance of
expressing gratitude to the Formless, and the various ways
in which we might express our gratitude to the Formless,
with him.
As I was enthusiastically waning on and on (I guess I got a
little carried away :-)) about how to express gratitude to
the Formless, he sat there with a puzzled look on his face
(okay, actually it was his "you idiot" look :-)).
Obviously unable to take it anymore...
He piped up and said...
"Since we're all made from the same stuff, isn't saying
thank you to someone else the same thing as saying thank you
to the stuff?"
Out of the mouths of babes. :-)
You know what?
He was absolutely right!
I frequently see folks going to great lengths in their
effort to develop and incorporate an "attitude of
gratitude", as Wallace D. Wattles put it so well in his
classic masterpiece "The Science of Getting Rich", into
their lives, lugging around special gratitude crystals,
rocks, or stones, keeping special gratitude journals, and/or
resorting to all sorts of other "props and crutches" as I
like to refer to them, when *all* that's *really* required
is developing the simple habit of saying "thank you".
I believe it was Meister Eckhart, the influential fourteenth
century German theologian, philosopher, and mystic, who once
"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is
'thank you,' that would suffice."
No doubt about it!
As I learned from my five-year-old...
We can continuously express that prayer of gratitude to the
Supreme, for *all* we have and enjoy, by simply developing
the habit of consistently saying "thank you" to one another.
Once again...
Thank you son! :-)
Tony Mase is a serious student of the works of Wallace D.
Wattles and the publisher of "A Powerful Life: The Lost
Writings of Wallace D. Wattles"

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