Thank you…

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

— Meister Eckhart

I once heard it said that, if at the end of your life you have five good friends to count on, you are blessed.

Developing those types of rich relationships often takes consistent thought and care, extending deeper than the quick messages we send to the hundreds or even thousands of “friends” many of us have on social media.

Acceptance, forgiveness, shared experiences and being present to one another through both the good and bad times helps set the foundation of the more meaningful relationships that help enrich us through life.

Sitting on a deck writing this blog post, viewing the Arizona desert in bloom along with a gorgeous spring sky (as pictured below), I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the friends who have stayed by me through so many transitions.

Their love and support helped me refine my definition of abundance. I now believe to be truly “wealthy” we must have a sense of community. That type of connection is more valuable than any bank account.  Too many people live isolated and alone. Community, like a financial portfolio, can be built—at networking events, church, outdoor activities, volunteer opportunities, music venues, Meetup groups, or places where you connect with people who share your values or passions.

Recently, I had the good fortune to experience another element of solid friendship: being championed.

In a previous blog post I did something very uncomfortable, and asked for help bringing a creative project to fruition, after overextending my own resources as far as I could. Several people came forth helping me raise one-sixth of the total $3K needed to get my book fine-tuned into publisher-ready copy.

Sweet notes of encouragement were attached to readers’ PayPal donations and hand-delivered envelopes. While I am so grateful for the financial contributions, I was also deeply touched by connecting with friends and readers in a more intimate way. Those who wrote had a sense of my purpose, passion and tenacity in honoring my book’s mission of teaching the power of love in healing and prospering.

Their messages made me feel like a runner in the Boston Marathon nearing the finish line, with a cheering squad on the street sides. The final stretch of a creative five-year creative project like mine can be exhausting. I needed the extra body fuel of love to keep going and stay accountable to completing my book.

Many other friends who could not help financially encouraged me in their unique ways. Writing a book that includes one’s personal story is scary to bring to the masses. To have those special close friends I trust who urged me forward when I hit fear and doubt has been an incredible gift.

So, I thank you all for being a part of my life and dream.

Perhaps this study, a research in social psychology, will encourage you, my readers, to go thank someone today. You may be surprised by how rich you suddenly feel.

With gratitude,

NOTE: If you feel inspired to contribute towards my final book expenses, I would be glad to reference your name as a contributor in the acknowledgment section.  

To make a donation, you can email me at for my snail mail address or use PayPal. 


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  • Keep living the example Gail, I’m grateful to call you “my friend”!!!

  • Lisa Langaker says:

    Wow this is awesome!! You are so spot on! We have gotten away from community and interpersonal relationships- these are what make life worth living and bring fulfillment. I am beyond grateful that God had our paths cross because Gail, people like you, are few and far between. You are a true treasure and a light.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Geez, thanks Lisa (two different Lisa comments in one day–how lucky am I to know 2 such special people with the same name): You are such a builder of community and wonderful champion to so many others. I have been greatly touched by your life as well. Blessings, Gail

  • larry strait says:

    Gail, we have only just met, but it has truly been a blessing for me to meet someone who shares the same passions, feelings, and dreams that I have. I was first inspired to write my book 8 years ago, but only began my ‘pen to pad’ exercise 2 years ago. As with you, my finish line is close … I can hear it, but not yet at the point I can see it.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Larry: I am so excited for you. Birthing a book is like birthing a baby, only the labor is a lot longer! I realize this analogy may not work so well for a guy:). I remember two years into my book thinking I was done, that it was taking too long. I wanted to be at the finish line, it was taking too much time and money. It was not until this last year, my fifth one at writing it, that I knew I was “complete” with it. I had integrated what I was teaching. I also began the sequel books. I knew I was “done” because the book became a product, no longer my story. I use my story to teach, but the book belongs to the masses. It was “a calling” I was prompted to create. I’m nearing the end of that task…in full surrender to next steps, knowing I did “my part.” I hope my long-winded explanation of “seeing” the finish line helps you. Blessings, Gail

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