Saturday, December 07, 2013

Notes of gratitude

Recently I have been taken by the idea of sending out "notes of gratitude" to individuals that have made a difference or just brought a smile to my face. I sent one to my aunt and uncle, telling them how much I loved and appreciated how they were always so kind to us as kids, ready with a quick smile. I'm glad I did not wait to do it, as my uncle passed away less than a month later.

So today I chose to sit down and send out some more cards. They ranged from people who I knew 20 years ago who supported me in my decision to get married young and move to a foreign country, to new in-laws who opened their arms to me, to distant cousins who continue to look after my folks since none of us children are able to be there for them on a day to day basis.

If my husband knew what I was doing, he would probably question me as to why I feel the need to do it. Simply put, I think everyone would like to know if they have made a difference or had a positive impact on someones life. We are always so quick to judge, to point out the negative things that go on around us, sometimes it is just nice to get a confirmation that we are appreciated.

I don't know if the recipients will feel quite the same as I do about my notes, but as my note to  my uncle and aunt proved to me, I certainly should not wait to find out.

1 comment:

Wally Blue said...

Receiving expressions of gratitude are rare in a person's life but are greatly appreciated and mean more to the person who receives them than we know. We all should follow your example because you never know who is in great need of a kind word.