Now, I don't personally believe in capricious or spiteful deities or spirits who would steal away success because we forget to say thank you. However, I still believe giving thanks is important, for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, like any other form of gratitude practice, it is a good mindset to cultivate. Acknowledging the good in our lives and giving thanks for it helps foster a more positive view of life. This helps us see opportunities and blessings, as well as being good for our mental health, and therefore also our physical health.
Secondly, it is important to stop and take time to acknowledge what we have achieved or received. It is so easy to move onto the next thing without appreciating where we are and how we got there. Taking some time to be in the moment, recognise what has gone before and how we feel right now, is also a great practice.
This week, then, I changed my spell for the success of my elder son's surgery to a prayer of gratitude. Sticking with the ASS Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2005), I have Scythe, Key, Child, Sun, Flowers: keyhole surgery for my child is successful/brings happiness, for which I give thanks (Flowers). Not that everything is perfect, and things have still been tough. Yet, the operations both were successful, my son is home safe and sound, and his quality of life has improved already and should improve further. So, I have chanted daily, giving thanks.