I hope you all are enjoying this end-of-year holiday season in whatever way you choose to celebrate. I came across a book the other day that I really loved and want to share it – as my holiday gift to you.
The book is entitled “365 Thank Yous” and was written by US lawyer John Kralik. The book reprints 365 thank you notes Mr. Kralik sent – one every day for a year – during a very difficult time in his life. What happened as a result of his decision is both heart-warming (especially the first note sent to his son) and inspiring. You can watch a short interview here in which Mr. Kralik explains his motivation and some of the surprising results arising from his decision.
For many years, I have believed that gratitude is the quickest route to happiness, and have regularly made my appreciation tangible in a gratitude journal as well as direct verbal expressions to others and to myself. “365 Thank Yous” has inspired me to kick it up a notch, to write a thank you note, not every day as the author did, but one every week over the next year. And I’m starting with this one to you:
Dear Readers: Thank you firstly for reading my blog posts. I love the process of selecting a topic and then reaching inside for words to share that I hope will have some usefulness or meaning for you. Without you, there would be no one to “talk” to; to listen.
Thank you for posting your own thoughts and opinions, both through this blog site and my personal e-mail. I know how busy all our lives are, and I am touched that you take time from your busy schedule to communicate with me.
And finally, thank you for sharing your hands, heart and intelligence to help others heal their lives. I acknowledge your desire to further your education, and to contribute the best you have to the world. As Wayne Muller once stated: “To dedicate a single act to the healing of others is a day well lived”.
I wish you a joyful, peaceful and safe holiday! Until next year…