“When you feel grateful to others, you experience a unique Joy. Which you don’t feel if you believed it was your right”.

Om Swami.




Everyone talks about being kind and mindful. Let us talk about being thankful and how thankful we can be. In India, when we talk to someone and consider what things Britishers gave us, the top two on the list are “sorry” and “thank you.” When we consider these two in our daily lives, they can be truly appreciated by all around us.

However, when asked when the last time you said these words to someone, they were surprised. Let’s take some examples.

  • Have you ever said sorry to your spouse for overstepping into their personal space?
  • Have you ever thanked them for doing something for you, such as ironing your dress or simply serving you a cup of hot tea when you get home tired?
  • Have you ever said you’d look after the kid(s) for a day so they could take a day off?
  • When was the last time you said thank you to the garbage collector of your area or the security guard of your society?
  • When was the last time you thanked a driver who pulled over to let you cross the street?
  • When was the last time you said thank you to the traffic officer at the crossroads?
  • When was the last time you thanked the person behind the ticket counter?

The list could go on and on, and it could be considered a never-ending story; for some, the question would be why we should say sorry or thank you to the person when this is their duty and not doing something extra. But, on humanitarian grounds, we need to thank people because yes, they have made a difference in our lives and made them much easier. They have given some points of reference so that we can get the most out of life. They made it easy for us.

Comfort is what we all need, but there is always a hidden factor to it, whether it is a human touch or a technological assessment. Yet it takes a lot of courage to say thank you, sir or ma’am, for what you did for us, even if it is their job.