Two years ago, I let my colleagues know that I was closing my counseling practice of 30 years due to serious health concerns. A therapist I’d collaborated with in the past left me the most wonderful voicemail. She encouraged me about the positive impact I’d had in the community, which was a great blessing to me. The words that stuck out the most were, “I didn’t want to keep this inside, unspoken … and not let you know.”
Don’t leave gratitude unexpressed
That really got me thinking about the words of encouragement I want to share. What type of gratitude do I want to express? I often think something positive about a friend or loved one, but I don’t say it out loud.
So many people have reached out to me with support, prayers, and practical help. Our caregivers are our unsung heroes. I want to make sure that I take the time to express the gratitude I feel. I don’t want things to go unsaid.
How about you?
Ask yourself some important questions:
- Who would I like to express gratitude to? What have I left unsaid?
- What specifically would I like to tell them? Here are some ideas: How they have impacted you personally. Character traits in them you admire. Words you think of whenever you think about them. Favorite memory with them.
- What are the ways I could tell them? Ideas: In a letter, in an email, call them on the phone, forward them this column, tell them they came to mind, and then share specifics. If you’re still able to go out, meet for coffee.
- When am I going to do this? Write it on your calendar/phone/things to do list, etc. Perhaps you could share with one person who comes to mind every other week.
I’ll go first
I would like to thank all of you for being so encouraging to me. It’s been two years since I started writing this column, and I feel so blessed by your comments and encouragement. I feel supported and not so alone in this struggle because of your support. I am really enjoying getting to know each and every one of you. Thank you very much.
I’d love to hear from you
What jumped out at you from this column? What are your favorite ways to express gratitude? Who came to mind that you want to thank? What’s your plan?
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