Did you know that the English word 'thanks' comes from the same root word as 'think'?
And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.
She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset.
She told him all she was grateful for her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things.
'My eyesight is getting worse,' she summarized, 'but I'm not going to fret over that.'
Her doctor later made this observation: 'Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.' She clearly saw what many never see - all the good in her life. And she was content.
When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly. It sounds like an good way to improve your vision.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
~ George Bernard Shaw