The internet and book shelves are filled with advice on living a better life. I read many of these and I’ve written a few too.
In my last blog, I shared three reasons to give surprise thank you’s. It’s relatively easy to sit in a warm cozy home and dream up ways to increase joy and gratitude in the lives of others. But what good am I as a writer and motivational speaker if I don’t follow my own advice?
With this in mind, I’m committed to endorsing only those things that I’ve experienced or done personally. If you can’t walk the walk, don’t talk the talk. Right?
In those instances when I can’t experience the occurrence, I’ll draw from the hearts of those who have walked that path..
That said, in my last blog I encouraged you to:
- Surprise someone with holiday cheer! Stick a note in the door (not on the windshield-it’s too hard to reach once you’re in the car) similar to this: “Thanks for the great way you parked your car! You are awesome!”
Saturday, November 28th was the day after Black Friday. As I waited for my granddaughter to arrive for our adventure in my last blog, I wrote two mini-thank you cards to leave in car doors as I left.
The next day I found an order for 60 mini-thank yous waiting in my email. In response, I thanked the customer and asked if they would share how they found the website. I received the following response:
This is the first time I heard about 21 reasons to say thank you. I took my Mom to Springfield yesterday to do some shopping, I parked outside Dillard’s (I was lucky to find a good parking spot near the entrance) We went in and did our shopping… When we got to my car I had this sweet card… I love how this person took the time to do this even though it was cold and rainy outside.. It made my day and I would like to do the same for someone… It is such a wonderful idea to send a positive message… I really feel like our community and our world needs it right now, you never know when a gesture like this can change someone’s day or life ?. Thank you for starting this and I hope others join this great social movement.
As you can imagine, I was elated and touched by the response. It made my day!
The Challenge: Join the Great Social Movement and create at least one “Random Act of Gratitude” this week. Who knows where it might lead!
I’d love to hear about your experience. You can post it on the 21 Reasons to Say Thank You Facebook page or email me directly at [email protected]
Have an exceedingly grateful week!