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Once again, I have discovered a super idea through my friend
Shannon at Free Spirit Knits. It’s the
Thirty Days of Giving Thanks project. The
premise is pretty simple. Each day in
the month of November, take a little extra time to thank someone in your life.
This is a great way to kick off the holiday season with a
little gratitude. Too often, we think
kind things about our friends and neighbors, and we may even think, “I need to
thank her” or “What a nice person,” but we don’t ever tell them the way we
feel. I can’t tell you the number of
times I think about some of my oldest and dearest friends over the course of a
day, but I’m notorious for my appalling lack of communication with some of
them. Sometimes they call just to make
sure I’m still alive and kickin’. So for
this one month, I’m making a concerted effort to send a note, make a phone
call, mail a letter or just drop by in order to show those who are most
important to me just how much I value having them in my life.
The thanksgiving doesn’t have to stop with good friends
either. Each and every day, I come in
contact with people who, for a variety of reasons, make my life just a little
easier, a little brighter—the cashier at Ingle’s who always asks about my kids,
the lady at the post office who always checks to make sure I’m getting the best
deal possible on postage, my children’s teachers, the girl who walks the dogs
at the vet’s office. All of us have
folks who come in and out of our days with little notice, yet if they were didn’t do their jobs or were absent altogether, we would miss
them. It’s important to say thanks.
So for the next thirty days, think about calling, mailing,
or texting someone and telling them “thanks”.
This is a good time to dust off that beautiful stationery (you know, the
box you’ve been “saving” for a good occasion) and write an old-fashioned thank
What you do isn’t really all that important. Just thank someone in your life—every single
day of November—and spread the love.
If you choose to participate, let me know. You can leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal Entry: What and who are
you most thankful for right now? How do
you show your gratitude? Be creative and
think of new ways to express your gratitude.
Volunteer, bake and share a cake, visit an elderly neighbor—the possibilities