There are some things at which I excel. Saying “thank you” is not one of them. It’s not that I take others for granted exactly. It’s more that the tyranny of the urgent takes over, pushing me to cross the next item off my to-do list, rather than stopping to express gratitude. When I do say thank you, I often worry that my feeble words sound flat – or worse – insincere.
I’ve always loved Thanksgiving and the encouragement to slow down and be grateful. However, I often find myself being thankful for things: a roof over my head, food and clothing, health, my job. When I realize how thankful I am for a person in my life, I rarely take the initiative to communicate my gratitude even though I know stopping to say “thank you” would probably mean a lot to the recipient.
This November, I’m issuing myself a challenge: instead of just thinking about being thankful for the people in my life, I am going to write one thank you note per day. Some of the notes will go to people who have had a profound impact on my life: teachers, coaches, mentors. Some will be for friends and colleagues. As the month progresses, I’ll be keeping a log of the notes and sharing some anecdotes on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #grateful4you.
I’m only two notes in, so it’s not too late to join me! Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Don’t keep it in! Grab a stack of thank you notes and start telling him or her!
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