"One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful...we let what was once a miracle become common to us." —Joel Osteen
Think back to all the gifts you've been given over your lifetime—a lifetime of birthdays, Christmases, graduations, and Hanukkahs. Now focus in on the best of the best: what's the best gift you've ever received?
- Who gave it to you?
- On what occasion?
- How did you react to the gift?
- How did the gift enhance your life?
Now sit down and write a thank you letter for that memorable gift. Perhaps the gift-giver has disappeared from your life through death or distance. Write the things you wish you would've said long ago. Write with the hindsight and wisdom you have now, at this point in your life. Write from your heart. Perhaps this letter will stray beyond thankfulness for the gift itself, expanding into what the gift represented or how it influenced your life beyond the moment of receipt.
Your heartfelt letter becomes a story in and of itself. Perhaps it's the story of your relationship with the gift-giver or maybe it will tell the story of your relationship with the gift (i.e. a Lincoln Log set that sparked your lifelong love of building.)
Whether or not your choose to share this letter is up to you, but in my opinion, it's never too late to express your thanks!
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