The Gift of Gratefulness

About 3 weeks ago, within the span of 5 days, I heard from several “old” friends or people with whom I’ve worked. When the third person reached out that week and asked for a call, I had no idea what he wanted.  What a shock to hear that he was thanking me for some work we’d done at least 4 years ago.  He told me it had changed his life. What a blessing to hear his journey and the small part that I played.

As soon as we hung up the phone, I started thinking about what had happened that week and realized two things:

  1. We really don’t know the impact we’re having on people! Sometimes the impact is immediate. Sometimes, it hits its mark long after the conversation has ended.
  2. Reaching out and thanking people is something that we all could do more often. If it was such a gift to me, I could give that gift to others.

I’d like to say that I immediately thought of 50 people to thank.  Nope, it didn’t happen.  Two weeks passed.  I was in a bookstore in Singapore when I saw a book written by an old friend.  I took a picture of her book and emailed it to her, telling her that her book had made its way across the world. I also thanked her for making a connection for me 12 years ago that was a very significant one. I’m not sure I thanked her enough all those years ago, and it felt really good to take 90 seconds to write the note and send the picture.

I wonder what the world would be like if our gratitude was communicated to those who have assisted us on our journeys.  I think the world would be a better place, and we’d all be blessed.

2 thoughts on “The Gift of Gratefulness

  1. Thank you for reminding us of the gift of gratefulness. Thank you Ken Blanchard group for reaching out to me 8 years ago and exposing me to wonderful thinking, practices and global clients. I really appreciate the global connection and comradery.

  2. You know what i love more than anything about this story..is that it DID inspire you to think about thanking others…and you acted upon that thought.

    thank you for how you continually inspire others to boldly lead the way

    @spreadingJOY

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