Landmark Forum reiterates the virtues of gratitude

This post was written by Sharon Petitti

One of the biggest virtues in maintaining human relations is to acknowledge the efforts of others and express gratitude wherever possible. Every person in the world is important in his own way. You never know who can be of help at what time. Hence, one should always thank people for whatever they do. It could be as trivial as thanking the railway booking clerk while purchasing your ticket. Your smile and acknowledgement can go a long way in making his day. You do not lose much either. These are some of the teachings of the Landmark Forum when they conduct the courses especially for the younger generation.

It is not necessary that the person should be near you when you thank him. If you do it sincerely enough, it will reach him. We shall look at a fine example. This is a true story that happened in the Vietnam War.

One day, Charles Plumb, a Navy Jet Fighter was having lunch with his family at a restaurant. Suddenly, a person approached him and enquired whether he was Charles Plumb. He also stated that Charles was captured by the Vietnamese soldiers as he had to eject from his jet after it was shot down by the enemy. He also enquired whether his parachute functioned properly. Charles replied in the affirmative stating that if it had not done so, he would not have been alive today.

Charles asked him who he was. The man replied that he was the person who packed the parachute for him. Now, Charles could not help but thank him profusely. The same Charles might have carried out hundreds of flights over the enemy camps each time wearing the same parachute. Not once did he feel like thanking the person who packed it for him at that time. Now, he has realized the worth of the sailor who had the seeming thankless job of packing parachutes for the senior officers. Had there been even a small malfunction, the officers would have had to plunge to their deaths. This goes on to show that every man you meet in life is important to you in some way or the other. This explains why one must express their gratitude to others every time someone renders some service to them.

Life is similar in many ways. Every day we go through various challenges and come out of it successfully as well. Have we ever spared any time to think and reflect that there is someone behind us who has been instrumental in packing the parachutes for us? This makes us to sail over our problems with ease. This unseen force is the one called God. Landmark Forum recognizes this force as well. Hence, it advocates people to thank the Creator for all that he has done for us. That does not mean that the Forum is some sort of a religious cult. Many people have the opinion that the Forum is a cult organization. In fact, they have always gone on record stating that they do not have anything to do with religion.

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