Hope you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year with family, friends, fun and football – hands down my favorite holiday of the year.
One of the things I appreciate most about Thanksgiving is a tradition in my family where we go around the dinner table and everyone says what they are thankful for. There are no rules or guidelines and everyone is free to say whatever they feel.
Some years we’ve had over 70 people at our house to partake in this tradition and there’s usually not a dry eye in the room when we’re done.
While Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks and remember what we’re grateful for, it’s something we could all benefit from doing every day.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
What I am challenging myself and all my readers to do is to write a handwritten thank you note every day for the next 21 days expressing our gratitude to someone.
It could be as simple as saying thank you to a parent for bringing you into this world, how much you appreciate the doorman at your building or a long letter to someone who has positively impacted your life in a way you could never repay them for.
Perhaps you’ll even have the courage to reach out to a relationship that has fallen off the treadmill or an old teacher you haven’t spoken to in years, that helped you become who you are today.
What ever you decide to do, the challenge is out there to write a handwritten thank you note every day for the next 21 days to show our gratitude and appreciation to the special people in our lives.
“Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~Albert Schweitzer
Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read my blog this week.
PS. If you’re going to take the gratitude challenge please leave a comment below saying “I’m in”
If just 10 people complete the challenge that’s 210 letters sent to brighten someone’s day!
100 people would be 2,100 uplifting letters!
If 1,000 people do it, that’s 21,000 letters of gratitude!
PSS. I am thankful for clean water and will be donating $1 to charitywater.org for every comment left below between now and December 31st, 2012 (up to 1,000 comments or $1,000).