I'm sending one thank you note each day through 2012. Here's what that's about.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
was staring at the morning news toward the end of December, 2011,
maybe it was the Early Show, and a brief segment regarding New Year's
resolutions aired. I rarely make resolutions, and this topic hardly
took my attention from my cooling coffee, but then for the briefest
moment, the subject shifted to gratitude. This fellow had spent a
year writing thank you notes to people in his world to let them how
his gratitude for the things they did.
liked the sound of this idea, and the next day, I decided to write
one of such cards each day in 2012. Because I didn't pay that much
attention to the segment on the news, I didn't catch the author's
name, much less the name of the book, but with a little snooping on
Amazon, I found both. The name is John Kralik, and he wrote A
Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My
impatient sort, I downloaded the book on my Kindle as I prepared to
run out and fetch some note cards and envelopes. Yes, I had ordered
them on Amazon earlier, but not even Amazon Prime can compete with
holidays and weekends, and I knew my lazy self would become quickly
sidetracked if I started the year in an automatic holding pattern.
make this project tractable, and something I'm likely to finish, I've
established a few rules. Each note will begin with “I hope this
letter finds you well.” Each note will end with “Sincerely, Jim.”
In the middle will be one or two sentences describing the thing that
I'm grateful the person did. I'll write these notes with an italic
nib on a fountain pen. I'll probably use permanent black ink for this
project, but a big part of me is thinking that more colors would be
better, and a very small part of me is screaming to use the Sharpies,
which frankly have some merit here.
few of these parts are better left to the Spirit and how it moves me
over the many days hence.
there is another thing. I'm only doing one a day. Just one. If
several things come up on a given day, I might make a list to
consider on the following days, but I don't want to write 500 the
first day, and then burn out, leaving none for the rest of the year.
That would defeat the developmental purpose. Developmental? Yes,
developmental. Surely, these things will progress in some manner
through the year, as will I. We'll see next year how this all worked