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Sending Thanks to a Friend – Gratitude Project

Sometimes life is hard and you need a helmet

Sometimes life is hard and you need a helmet. Sometimes what you need is a friend who is tenacious about over-coming obstacles. That’s why I am smiling today. I have such a friend with an awesome example.

I know some amazing people. These folks are giving, growing, and fun. One such person is doing well at overcoming her past choices. I wrote her the following note . . .

I keep thinking about your recent achievement, 11 years clean – WOW! Thanks so much for your courageous and tenacious example.

The way you’ve held onto God and worked your program gives me great hope.

  • It gives me hope that I can be an over-comer in the area of my eating.
  • It gives me great hope that my family and friends with addiction issues can be over-comers too.

I also appreciate how giving you are of your wisdom and how vulnerable you are regarding your story.

Folks like this woman impact a wide circle of people. Her impact is more than temporal. I believe that she is impacting eternity as well. And I pray and hope that as I grow and give, that my impact is wide and brings others closer to God, too.

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . . Are any of your friends great examples too? Share how their courageous, tenacity impacts you?

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Sending Thanks to a “Behind the Scenes Person” – Gratitude Project

Without the help of others, I could not do my job well. Today I am saying "Thanks" to a behind-the-scenes person who gets a lot done without others noticing.

Without the help of others, I could not do my job well. Today I am saying “Thanks” to a behind-the-scenes person who gets a lot done without others noticing.

Think about the last BIG project you pulled off. You most likely had a timeline and a to-do list to keep you on time and on task. But you had something else, too.

You had people helping you. And most likely there were LOTS of behind-the-scenes type of people helping you with this project.

I think that behind-the-scenes people are the unsung heroes of our corporations, non-profits, schools, and even families. When was the last time you thanked one of these unsung heroes?

I am doing that today. I am sending a pretty card with words of appreciation.

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . .

  • When was the last time to sent a thank you card to a behind-the-scenes type of person? How about sending one today?
  • Have you ever received such a card? How did it make you feel?

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Sending Thanks to a Ministry Leader – Gratitude Project

For 4 weeks homeless folks in our area had a safe and warm place to sleep and a dinner meal.

For 4 weeks homeless folks in our area had a safe and warm place to sleep and a dinner meal.                                                               Photo by H Dominique Abed.

A lot of life comes with little recognition. Maybe we get too busy or just assume that that person who did a “good job” knows how we feel. However, they usually don’t and lots of times, burnout and bitterness can result especially in non-profit organizations.

So today I took the opportunity to say “Thanks” to a fellow ministry leader. This gal organized a revolving homeless shelter in our area. 4 churches were involved.

I didn’t have much to do with it, but I heard snippets of what occurred.

  • The gospel was presented to 3 people (in a natural flow of conversation).
  • It is possible that 4 homeless folks will get permanent housing.
  • We had huge volunteer involvement from our church. They felt like they did something worthwhile (which they did) and are looking forward (already) to next year’s shelter.

These are only snippets of the GOOD that occurred.

I am grateful for my friend’s leadership and the fact that this program happened.

  • Because of it lives were impacted (volunteers and homeless people).
  • Because of it many people felt used by God (in a good way) and loved by Him as well.

I sent my friend and co-ministry leader a card with the above thanks.

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . . Is there someone in leadership that you can send a thank you note to? . . . Be specific in your words of praise. 

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Sending Thanks to a (former) Roommate – Gratitude Project

Here I am with friends from seminary.. Left to Right: Hardeep, Janet, Susan (me), Janelle

Here I am with friends from seminary at a redwoods park. Left to Right: Hardeep, Janet, Susan (me), Janelle

While attending seminary I met a scholarly, tenacious, fun-loving redhead, Janelle. We had a few classes together and since there were few women in them, we tended to become partners. Soon a friendship grew and she was even my roommate for too short of a time.

After seminary we both moved on to our next step. I went on full-time staff at a church. My friend went on to care for her grandparents. She has put her “career” goals on hold for now.

Below is part of my gratitude note to her.

Janelle, you could have gone in a different (scholarly) direction after seminary. But you didn’t. You listened to God and moved to be near your grandparents in order to care for them. And as they age there have been more and more responsibilities and stresses.

Thanks, for faithfully handling all these with grace and humour. Your example shows a watching world of what love in action looks like and of course, this love points back to God.

I just wanted to let you know that you motivate me to be a better version of myself.

I’ll continue praying for you.

With Gratitude, Susan, who is looking forward to being your roomie again – either in this life or the next

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . . Do you have a roommate (former or current) that you could write a note of gratitude to? Why not do so and send it today?

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Sending Thanks to a Cancer Survivor’s Mom – Gratitude Project

Letter 12. Sending thanks and encouragement to a mom with a seriously ill teen. Graphic by Cécile Graat.

Letter 12. Sending thanks and encouragement to a mom with a seriously ill teen. Graphic by Cécile Graat.

Moms have a busy, stressful, tiring life under the best of circumstances. Add a seriously ill child to that mix and life becomes even busier, more stressful and tiring.

The thanks I am sending out today is to the mom of a teen who just dealt with her 2nd bout of cancer. The treatment is over and so far all looks GREAT. 

I sent a card to tell my friend “Thanks for letting me part of your support team.” And I told her the reasons I am proud of her.

  • You fought well for your girl.
  • You did what was needed.
  • You didn’t give up.
  • You took breaks when it was necessary.
  • You communicated with us.
  • You were real.
  • You trusted God.
  • You cried.
  • You were grateful.
  • You were and are awesome.

Of course there are stories behind each of the bullet points. And these are things we have talked about the last 6 months. I am hoping this short note will remind my friend of the miracles she’s seen. I hope it reminds her of how much her day-by-day faithfulness made a difference in this traumatic situation.

SHE DID IT! And so did her daughter.

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . . 

  1. Do you know someone who is caring for a person with cancer? Have you sent them a note telling them why you are proud of them?
  2. Have you ever received such a note? If yes, what was its impact, if any?

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Sending Thanks to My Apartment Complex – Gratitude Project

What makes your home unique? Flowering vines? Painted interior walls?  Decorative accents? 2 of my interior walls are turquoise and I LOVE it!

Letter 11! What makes your home unique? Flowering vines? Painted interior walls? Decorative accents? 2 of my interior walls are turquoise and I LOVE it!

What kind of dwellings have you lived in? Dorm room? Apartment? Single family home? Duplex? I have lived in all of these. And most recently I have lived in an apartment complex for close to 10 years.

I like living in a smaller space because . . .

  • it is easier to keep clean,
  • I don’t have yard work,
  • and the price is right!

Some landlords are better than others. I am pleased with where I live. I like how the grounds are kept tidy and the maintenance is quick to respond to requests.

So today I wrote a letter to the office staff of my apartment complex expressing my gratitude for the above. And I added that I feel safe here and I REALLY appreciate that they keep the outdoor lamps lit!

It is never bad form to express thanks even to those who help make your home-living experience better. Usually people are quick to complain but not so quick to give thanks. I hope my apartment complex office staff feel encouraged by my letter.

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

Your Turn . . .

  • Who helps make your home-living experience better? How can you encourage them in their good job?
  • Tell us the most unusual dwelling you have lived in. Castle? Yurt? Tiny home? Etc?

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Sending Thanks to a Workmate – Gratitude Project

All days are better because of my workmates! (photo credit to http://wishesmessages.com.)

All days are better because of my workmates! (photo credit to http://wishesmessages.com.)

Some people are consistent sowers of good deeds. It’s as if they can’t help themselves.  I’d say this description is applicable to one of my work mates. (Actually all the people I work with could fit this description.)

 Letter 10: Letter to a workmate. This gal jumps in when someone needs help. She is always willing and ready to pray. She is frank but friendly and so you get honest, helpful, advice that doesn’t tear you down.

I told my workmate the following . . .  
I appreciate the way you share your resources, time, affection, wisdom, and enthusiasm.
I am grateful because I am enriched, blessed, and now phone-rich because of your generosity.
The way you give of yourself flows out from a heart that is loving and godly.
Thanks so much.
 

I am writing at least 36 letters expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients. I am writing about it here in hopes that it spurs someone on to write their own gratitude letters.

 

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a workmate that you appreciate?
  • If yes, when was the last time you told him/her that?
  • What are some things you appreciate about that person? Now go tell him/her!

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