Today I sat down and wrote letters to 2 people who have been such positive influences in my life, and I realized that I could write so many more. In that moment, I knew that I was an extraordinarily lucky woman. My life has been filled with interesting people who have truly cared about me, challenged me to be a better person and stuck by me through thick and thin. This week’s Act of Kindness Challenge was to send a note of appreciation. I upped the ante and decided to write two notes and it would not surprise me if I keep on writing. There are so many people in my life that I appreciate and they need to know it!
I wrote a note to my mom today – she’s such an extraordinary person. Those of you that know her will agree. My note to her is personal, but I can very comfortably say in public that if I can be half the mother she is; if I can be half as generous and kind-hearted as she is; if I can handle life’s challenges with as much poise as she does, then I will feel like I have succeeded.
The second person I wrote to was my high school English teacher. For years I have thought that I should go visit her and tell her what a wonderful teacher she was and how she made a profound impact on my life. Teachers, good ones, work so hard to connect with their students in a meaningful way and help their students connect with the coursework. And students, for the most part, are too self-consumed to really recognize the value that teachers have added to their lives. It is never too late to tell a teacher that they were an important part of your life. I never did make it back to school before she retired, but I was able to find what I believe to be her mailing address and will send my letter tomorrow. Here’s hoping I found the correct address!
Who do you appreciate in your life? There is still time to complete this week’s challenge! Take 10 minutes, write a note and brighten someone’s day.