“When you say thank you, it creates harmony between you and the external condition and observation. It helps you to bring your attention inwards.”JayaShri Maathaa, Buddhist Monk
I am grateful for Mitchell’s interest in National Public Radio.
I used to find my husband’s quiet obsession with talk radio extremely annoying. My thought was, Radio is for music. (It’s why I flipped the station every time an ad came on — before the blissful blue-tooth era.) As such, I tuned out every time he tuned in.
Twenty years into our relationship, I find myself leaving the dial tuned to NPR — instead of playing the repetitive (but lovely) MP3s on my phone.
At first, it was because I was too tired (i.e. lazy) to change the set-up for the short, five-minute drive towards home (after dropping him at work). A short while later, it was because I found myself interested in what people (of all nationalities) had to say (on all sorts of subjects).
My favorite pieces are the intimate stories — whether they are works of poetry, fiction, personal narrative, or subjective/objective opinions on society as a whole — and yesterday, we heard a beautiful piece by JayaShri Maathaa (a Buddhist monk) on how gratitude changed her life. It seemed fitting to share it here.