You know how strongly I feel about gratitude and its power in connecting us with the others. My guest Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will remind you of some easy thank yous you can express right now.
For Christmas, my sister gave me a loaf of homemade poppy seed bread. The treat takes hours to prepare and a large scoop of patience. She received my thanks immediately of course. But then she got an email when I finished the last of the half loaf I had not frozen. Then another thank you when we broke out the frozen half, and again when we finished that. Seem repetitious? She was delighted to be informed each time her gift was enjoyed yet again.
My ex and his wife probably received ten thank you’s from me over the years for the wonderful robe they gave me one birthday. It is still like new and it covers me with warmth and love, each time I wear it. They deserve to know how much pleasure their gift continues to bring.
So imagine the joy when someone receives a message, out of the blue, thanking them for something or someone they’ve introduced to you. Such outreach can change a life. If it meant a lot to you, let your gratitude show. Don’t just feel it; put it in writing. Electronic communication is so fast and easy – or you could really do it right, and send a handwritten note. That personal note becomes the kind of treasure that gets saved and retrieved years later, when it has even more significance.
Annette Petrick for Consider This
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Annette Petrick is the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show, featuring 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.”