always an easy thing to do at the time but the more you do the exercise the easier it is to do. The first time I tried this I was on my way to work the crisis hot lines in Hilo at a new time schedule and was driving my ex- husbands tank of an old Mercedes. The road that we lived on was very rough and my tire got punctured by a rock on the sidewall. Luckily, I managed to get the behemoth to the paved part of the remote road that I was on. I got out of the car and decided to try the Five Thank Yous out. I started off thankful that the rock that got my tire was at least near the paved road so I had a chance
of changing the tire on even ground. Then I looked in the trunk of the car that I was driving for a spare tire and there was a tire and I had my second Thank You. However there was no jack or tools for taking the tire off which needed metric tools. I looked down the deserted road, and though the sky was overcast it was not pouringdown rain in an area that gets 169 inches of rain a year. This way I could stand outside of the car and hopefully flag down the next vehicle – my third Thank You. Then I remembered that I had left early for my job, as I wanted to pick up a meal before my eight hour shift and that gave me some leeway. If I did flag someone down, they could at least call the crisis line and tell them their crisis worker was in a crisis – my fourth Thank You. As often happens in the Five Thank Yous, it gets harder to find the fifth one. I turned around trying to think of one more thing to be grateful for and there driving towards me was a tow truck!
It stopped and the nice man asked if I needed help, which of course I did. He had the proper tools and changed my tire in five minutes! I stuck a twenty in his shirt pocket and I had my fifth and final Thank You!! How’s that for beginners luck? I find the Five Thank Yous also very helpful when I encounter a person that makes me uncomfortable whether they are irritable or presenting problems or just in a sad state of affairs such as an ice head in Puna. I take that opportunity to step aside from the automatic emotions of the situation and say to the universe, “Thank You, that I’m not that person because believe me, whatever lesson they are supposed to be learning, it looks like a doozey. I am truly Thankful that is not the path the universe chose to give me.” This really puts you in a state of earnest gratitude for the blessings that you do have and
the lessons that you have learned. It helps you put a positive perspective on things that you once might have had trouble dealing with.