The worst thing about getting a gift when you’re a kid is that your mom inevitably makes you write a thank-you note to the person who provided the wrapped box of obligation. I always hated this exercise because I never knew what to say.
And I always wrote REALLY BIG so I didn’t have to say as much to fill up the card. Because (obviously) my level of gratitude was proportional to the amount of real estate I’d managed to cover with my words.
I’m feeling a different kind of gratitude today, however. The gifts I’ve got to be thankful for the most may not have shown up bedecked in ribbons and glitter, but that doesn’t mean some words of thanks aren’t warranted. Maybe it’s just the springtime weather that’s got me overflowing with feelgoods, but whether the weather is cold or hot, unappreciative and apathetic are two things I’m not.
The point of writing a thank-you note is usually to gratify the gift-giver. But what if you’re somehow not in contact with that person? What then? A number of the wonderful things in my life can be attributed to people who will never hear how much I’ve appreciated what they’ve done. Still, following the age-old instruction to “count my blessings,” I’m listing 25 expressions of gratitude–some silly, some serious, all true–that remind me of the goodness in my life that is no product of my own doing.
Have you ever made a list like this one? If you haven’t, you should give it a try (and let me know what you end up writing down!). Gratitude’s a pretty powerful and humbling thing. We should try it more often.