2016: A YEAR OF GRATITUDE
This year (2016), I’ve decided to send one email each day thanking someone who has enriched my life. .
It could be someone who is close to me, like a family member or a friend.
It could be someone I have only met once or perhaps admired from afar.
It could be someone I have known for a long time or only momentarily.
TODAY YOU ARE THAT PERSON.
I APPRECIATE YOUR BEING IN MY LIFE.
P.S- Please know that there is no hierarchy here. In the past few days, your name and who you are in the world came to mind. When that happened I realized that I wanted to honor and thank you for enriching my life.
Everyday in 2016, and yes I may have missed a day or two but in general I was pretty consistent, I sent the email above to someone thanking them for enriching my life.
My intent on sending it was to acknowledge those people who have helped me live a rich abundant life. However, as is often the case, I got back more than I gave.
Here are just a few of the unexpected comments I received:
“It gave me goose-bumps to know I was thought of in this way.”
“This has been a tough week for me. My mother passed away and we've been dealing with all the ‘stuff’ that goes with that transition in life. I'm okay and doing better. It helps a lot to know I have friends out there, like you.”
“What a delightful surprise I got from your e-mail. Bless you. Thank you for thinking of me and including me as someone who has enriched your life. You certainly have enriched mine.”
“This is the nicest surprise I have ever had in my inbox and on a day that I could really use it.”
“Wow! That is so incredible Allen, to be a recipient of so much love. I was feeling very grateful and blessed all day so far. To be thanked and appreciated by you is the cherry on top of an already spectacular sundae of a Monday.”
One final note: A number of people have asked if they may borrow the idea to use themselves, with their family or with their organization. Of course they, and you, are most welcome to use this idea. Can you image what kind of world we would have if everyone did this simple exercise every day?