Is there ever reason not to say, “Thanks”?
In BlessBack’s May 2014 newsletter, I tell a story from my book, BlessBack®: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life. Eleanor Roosevelt’s mother-in-law’s response is priceless to the children’s being late for dinner. Their excuse? “We ran out of time.” The matriarch’s words, if we allow them to be, can be a life lesson for you and me. The matriarch told the children, “You had all the time there was.”
Life’s uncertainty is certain, yet we can lighten another’s load. Words heal. Words break down the walls and fences we build between each other. When we BlessBack, we give others a momentary respite from their daily lives; their own journey through life becomes relevant to their lives today. Whether spoken or 0written, BlessBacks empower and encourage. They create exponential and ever-expanding connections of gratitude.
“Life is short,” wrote Henri-Frederic Amiel, “and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”
You cannot change the laws of gravity. You may not be able to change your financial situation or stop from facing a life crisis, but you can reframe the realities in which you, and others around you, live.”
excerpted from BlessBack®
You have it easily within your power to increase the sum total of the world’s happiness now. — Dale Carnegie
Here’s to hoping that today, you send a simple note to a person who positively influenced your life. You can start with, “Thank you for being a friend . . .”
Julie Saffrin is the author of numerous published articles and essays. Her latest book, BlessBack: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life, explores the power of gratitude and offers 120 creative ways to journey toward positive, lasting change.