Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More

People To Thank

Muir Beach, California, USA

May 7, 2013

This essay, People To Thank, is the companion piece to

Werner Erhard with Friends
Post transformation (when I tell the truth about it), it was unavoidable there were people to thank. I'm not only referring to the many people who contributed to the process  of providing transformation itself (and clearly, without other people there is no process of transformation  - really there isn't): they're just one small subset.

No, the group I'm referring to is really too big to do justice to. It includes so many people who, in the wake of transformation, I realize were pivotal in contributing to me and shaping my life, the people for whom not  thanking in this aftermath of transformation and the resultant cleaning up my life, would be a blatant withhold.

Thank you people who assist. Thank you program leaders. Thank you staff. Thank you executives. Thank you Werner. Thank you children. Thank you parents. Thank you family. Thank you friends. Thank you junior and high school teachers. Thank you scout masters. Thank you programming mentors. Thank you yoga instructors. Thank you university lecturers. Thank you spirit, religion, and philosophy guides.

Thank you  personally for listening for these Conversations For Transformation in a way which inspires me and supports me bringing them forth ongoingly. If you're reading this, you know who you are. Equally as important: I  know who you are.

Thanking is a purely linguistic act - which is to say thanking requires no accompanying physical action besides articulating the words "I thank you". It's the essential component of thanking. Expensive gifts aren't as powerful in recognizing the contribution people make, as "I thank you". I'd like to suggest why this is so. It's because the profound contribution people make (and especially the kinds of contribution I'm referring to here) comes from  who we really are.

These gifts which mentors / coaches provide is the gift of who we really are. That's why acknowledging / thanking for these gifts appropriately comes from who I really am. "I thank you", expensive gifts notwithstanding, comes from who I really am. It's the articulation of this which is all too often overlooked.

Thanking as a purely generous linguistic act offers / makes available who I really am in celebration of who we really are. More than being merely something to say, it's a way  of being, it's a way of acknowledging, it's a way of completing. It's also a way of honoring. And because it's a way of honoring, it's a way (if not the  way) of integrity. Receiving / accepting / being contributed to without acknowledging, without completing, without honoring, is without integrity.

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