After every class, ... when the sweat is dripping from their bodies, their feet aching and possibly bleeding, and their minds and spirits are drained, ... each dancer applauds the class they just received, then one by one, they take a personal moment to offer a curtsy and 'thank you' to their instructor.
What does the "Thank you" mean to the dancer?
It means they appreciated the time they had. It means for another day they were able to do what they love. It means they understand that what they just received, they could not give to themselves. It means they would like to learn more. It means whatever pains and aches they feel can be healed. And it means they have, at that particular moment, all they need.
What if we all ended our day in the same way to one who loves us in a way we can barely grasp - our teacher, our Savior. What if we, in our broken and drained state, took that personal moment to say thank you for what we just received? Would it go something like this: I'm a little broken today. I'm tired, my heart hurts, and I just want the lesson to stop. But today I realized I have the strength to push myself. I confronted another hurdle and I'm still here. I know I can't do this without you; thank you for teaching me. I will be back tomorrow to learn more. And at the end of another day, I will be there to say thank you again, because I realize now that what I accomplished today is way beyond what I ever thought I could have accomplished before. That is how I know you are proud of me. And that is why I am ready for more. See you tomorrow.
Don't forget to thank your teacher.