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Did You Say “Thank You”?

February 6, 2018

Another true story in the “Little Things Can Be Big Things” category

The speaker, at a self-help seminar, asked the members of the audience to think of someone in their past who had made a positive impact in their lives.  He then asked if they had ever thanked that person.  He said that if they hadn’t, as a show of gratitude, to do so as soon as possible .

This attendee thought of his eighth grade teacher, who despite his being a poor student, taught him to believe in himself.  That changed everything for him.  He recognized that he wouldn’t have accomplished all that he had in his life, without her inspiring him.

He was able to find her address.  He sent her a letter explaining all that she had done for him and thanked her.  He also mentioned that he remembered that everyone else in the class thought very highly of her as well.

She received his letter and wrote him back.  She explained that she was near ninety, never married, almost all of her friends were gone, she lived alone, hardly left her place, and was very lonely.

She went on to explain how much his letter meant to her.  She said that she had no idea that she was thought of that way, and assumed that she was long forgotten.  Her students were her whole life she said, and to know that she was remembered that way meant everything to her.  She said that she would cherish his letter always.*

Is there anyone in your life, past or present, who has or had a positive impact on your life.  Are you grateful to and for them?  Do they know it?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Stop reading this and go thank them!

Heart and Soul

*I wish I could remember where I read this story, so that I could give proper attribution

2 Comments leave one →
  1. gooddogbill permalink
    February 6, 2018 8:11 am

    Thank you, Fred. What a poignant story. For some of us, we will have lost those people who really mattered. I have a hunch what your teaching on that would be: thank them by paying their help forward? Always nice to get your things in the morning. Best, Jocko

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      February 6, 2018 9:14 am

      in addition to paying it forward. thank them posthumously in your thoughts
      Thanks Jocko

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