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Up Your Gratitude

“Knowing that you had to work on Thanksgiving, of all days, I thought I’d express my gratitude that you have taken the time andmade the effort to learn my name and greet me each day in a way that makes me feel like a person instead of a number.  It is a smallt hing, but on any given day, it can make all the difference. Thank you.!”

Althought I did this several months ago, I gave a card with these words to a Starbuck barista named Amiee. When I went in the next day, she told me, nearly breaking down, that my
note made her realize what she did really counts.  It was my 151st thank you of 2011, the year Ivowed to send one to a different person every day.  I didn’t get the number I wanted, but I still feel I succeeded.

I embarked on the endeavor at a time when I felt anything but thankful.  On New Year’s Day 2011, I went for a walk, feeling at an all-time low.  I was overweight.  I had a business, but it was very, very slow. On and on and on….

On my walk, I heard a voice.  It said I shouldn’t focus on what I wanted or had lost but should be grateful for what I had.  The idea of a year of thank-yous popped into my head.

This project has helped my transform my life.  I saw how much I had been blessed by so many people in different ways and acknowledging their blessing seemed to make them
multiply.  After I thanked colleagues for sending clients to us for woo-woo help, jewelry, etc., they seems to send more.

Something mor subtle occurred, too.  With my thank-you notes, I was trying to tell
people how much their kindness meant to me.  As they responded, that same message reflected back.

So try it…. let folks know how much you appreciate them,
what they do for you, etc…. it really does take you from a low to a high….

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