The Two Most Important Words: Thank You

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?””
William Arthur Ward.

A few months ago I wrote a blog, that I never posted, about the power of the two words, “Thank You”. This morning I was reminded just how powerful those word are. How two words can change the course of events.

 ‘Thank you’. Those two words may be some of the most meaningful and powerful words a person can speak, type, and write. I have an abundance of gratitude for the people who have helped me achieve my dreams. My parents have always instilled in me to be grateful for all we have. It was those words spoken by my father that changed the course of my life at nine-years-old. As we sat down to the dinner table one night my father explained that we should be grateful that we had a healthy meal to eat every night. He explained that there were families who were not able to put food on their tables therefore going to bed hungry. It was at that moment that I decided to donate the cabbage I had been growing to a soup kitchen. I was thankful for what I had, and if I could help someone who did not have enough to eat I wanted to share. Being grateful for what my family and I had changed my life.

I will never forget the day I donated my cabbage to Tri County Family Ministries. There were so many people waiting in line for what may have been the only meal that they would have that day. My 40 pound cabbage drew a lot of attention from the individuals waiting on line. The questions began, “Did you grow that?”, “How big is that cabbage?”, “Is that for us?” The answer was yes, my cabbage was no longer, ‘my cabbage’, it was their cabbage. This cabbage was for them. What they said next made all the difference in the world, they said ‘thank you’. They expressed how grateful they were for what I, a very little girl, was doing for them. Their words were powerful. Their words made what I did next the easiest decision of my life. I started a garden to help to continue to fed the families that were struggling to put food on their tables.

I could never have imagined five years ago how those events would change my life. My gratitude for what I had, their gratitude for what I was able to give them, changed my life. The power of ‘Thank You’ is life changing.

As I move forward in my life I never will forget how powerful those words can be. I know I may never be able to thank everyone who has helped and support Katie’s Krops, but I will try because I know the impact of those two words.

So thank you to everyone who has ever helped Katie’s Krops, thank you for your support and donations, and thank you for believing in a fourteen year old and her dream.