The first time I attended a yoga posture clinic, my body did things I thought only circus performers could do.
Since then, my practice has never been the same. And I remember thinking, how can I show gratitude for this accomplishment?
After class, I approached our guest instructor with the following compliment.
“Thanks for giving me permission to impress myself.”
He was speechless. And so was I. It was a moment we’d never forget.
Sadly, several months later I found out that he had passed away. Apparently he was extremely sick with cancer, even though none of his students could tell.
All the more reason to give compliments that matter: You never know when, or if, you’re going to see that person again. May as well leave them feeling essential to the world.
Where could you be more gregarious in your gratitude?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.