By: Mary Pat Baldauf
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. ~Alfred Painter
This quote has come alive to me this week, thanks to my friend, Julie Smith Turner.
Late last year, Julie started what she calls, “The Thank You Project.” After encountering a particularly helpful automotive shop employee, she thought about sending a thank you letter to the employee and shop owner. Then, in her own words, “As I drove, I continued to think of many people I could and should thank — graciously and meaningfully — for how much they help me and those around them. People need to do more of that, I thought.”
And thus began her “Thank You Project,” where Julie committed to writing and mailing a thank you letter to someone once a week, every week for an entire year.
Julie has been true to her word, and each week, not only writes and sends a thank you letter, but also posts it to her Wordsmith blog and shares it with friends via Facebook.
I’ve been so inspired by her “Thank You Project” that I’ve decided to follow her lead and start my own “Thank You Thursday.” Every Thursday, I’m going to write a thank you letter, and if I can get it together like Julie, post it on my blog.
I won’t officially start my “Thank You Thursday” until March 1, but already, Julie’s project has changed my life for the better. I’ve spent the past few days thinking about the many people I want to thank and I realized just how blessed I am. As I was pulling a weighted sled during a personal training session this morning, I wasn’t thinking how much my calves hurt or how tired I was; instead, I was thinking about who would be the recipient of my very first “Thank You Thursday” letter. Gratitude is powerful stuff.
In closing, I challenge you to think of someone you need to thank. Thank them today. As you go through the hustle and bustle of your day, be cognizant of those who extend a small kindness or do something to make your day a little brighter. Thank them, too. And join me in thanking Julie Smith Turner for making us a little more appreciative of the blessings in our lives.