In my search for the source of the thing about Maya Angelou in my last post, I came across this story from Oprah about a conversation with Maya Angelou:
One day about ten years ago, I was sitting in my bathroom with the door closed and the toilet seat down, booing and ahooing on the phone so uncontrollably that I was incoherent.
“Stop it! Stop it right now and say thank you!” Maya chided. “But — you don’t understand,” I sobbed.
To this day, I can’t remember what it was that had me so far gone, which only proves the point Maya was trying to make. “I do understand,” she told me. “I want to hear you say it now. Out loud.”
“Thank you.” Tentatively, I repeated it:
“Thank you — but what am I saying thank you for?”
“You’re saying thank you,” Maya said, “because your faith is so strong that you don’t doubt that whatever the problem, you’ll get through it. you’re saying thank you because you know that even in the eye of the storm, God has put a rainbow in the clouds.
You’re saying thank you because you know there’s no problem created that can compare to the Creator of all things. Say thank you!”
Life as an entrepreneur – heck, life as a human being – can seem challenging and tough and depressing and relentless and lonely and unforgiving and unloving at times.
Seems like a good habit to say thank you.
Gratitude immediately changes your energy for the better. Gratitude rocks!