In everything give thanks.
Certainly, we say, we believe in “giving thanks.”
We give thanks for friends, family, health, prosperity, for all good things, for all experiences of pleasure.
We are glad to be alive when all goes right, and glad, too, to give thanks.
What is the meaning of “everything”?
The dictionary defines it every; i.e. “each one of a whole thing; i.e., event or action, any substance.”
Then “everything” means each action, event, or experience that is a part of the whole. It does not say give thanks for everything that pleases or is satisfactory, but absolutely for everything. Now we begin to do some thinking. It brings us to this conclusion.
I must “give thanks” for the loss of friends, family, health, and prosperity. I must give thanks that I am unhappy and discontented.
I must give thanks when I have been unjustly dealt with. I must give thanks that I am standing alone, all personal help being removed. Yes, it must be so; for in “everything” I am to give thanks.
All these experiences are just as ''good” as those that we have always considered good.
We should never get to heaven on “flowery beds of ease.” We have to have experiences which we think are discomforts, to make us think; and, as a result, they push us to better things. Then truly we can say, “In everything I will give thanks.”
The peace you shall desire is that sacred peace which nothing can disturb. —Light on the Path
We are all anxious to reach that state of mind where we are not disturbed or annoyed by anything.
Peace is poise. Poise means balance. We all know that we must have a poise of body; and it is quite as necessary to have it on level ground as when on the edge of a precipice or in climbing a mountain. Now poise for climbing a mountain is not the same as that required for level ground. When we change from climbing to a level, we adjust the balance, or get a different poise. When it comes to mind, the same conditions occur. Poise is balance. Poise for events that are agreeable is quite different from the poise necessary for the disagreeable. We do not yet understand how to adjust our minds as quickly as we do our bodies. We adjust our bodies almost instantly, but our minds are not so quick to respond.
As we grow less and less selfish, our minds respond in less and less time. We find this is true the more we live this higher life. On some lines we have overcome more than on others. All self-respect, all thought of individual rights, must be outgrown.