As you may know, this blog was launched as my own project and challenge to myself. I have always loved to write, and as with many people who love to write, I don’t always have a lot of time to do so. In my non-online life, I am currently a professor in higher education and have been working in healthcare since 2003. I have worked realllllllly hard to get where I am today and I’m really enjoying this new season that is filled with reflection and truly enjoying present moments, instead of worrying about what’s next.
As I approach my fortieth (doesn’t it look amazingly frightening and totally exciting when you spell it out) birthday, I am really being reflective on my life, and relationships I have developed over the years.
I saw a Facebook post one day that said to be the person you needed when you were younger. It made me think about all of the people in my life who have mentored me, helped me through tough times and really just been phenomenal role models who were strong, while also being so kind and giving in various ways.
For this reason, I decided to send out 40 thank-you notes to 40 women who have made an impact on my life.
Some of these women were people I worked with, and some were friends who I made along the way, whose kindness resonated with me for years later. Often it was something that I learned from them and took with me that had an impact on my life. Sometimes it was just a time in my life when I was struggling. These women taught me a lot by sharing themselves, being open, kind and giving. Some taught me how to think about things at a higher level, and how to broaden my horizons. For that reason, I am writing 40 notes to send to those people. I am truly filled with gratitude for their inspiration and love.
When you think back to people who impacted you, what characteristics stood out?
How can we take those gifts that we have been provided and share it with others?
This may be a new tradition for me to share my gratitude, however I won’t forget what brought me to this idea in the first place.
The next piece of this is to consider what these women offered me that made such an impact so that I can offer that onto others who may be needing it, too. I challenge you do to the same. Things aren’t always what they seem. A simple gesture can make a lifelong impact.
If you decide to take this up (and it doesn’t have to be FORTY, you can start with ONE!), please think about tagging me on Facebook or Instagram – send me a snapshot of the card, or note, and how you felt after saying a sincere thanks to someone who affected you in a positive way.
Who knows, it might just make their day!
With sincere thanks,