Forced Gratitude

We have a family friend who sends money every 3 or 4 months and it’s amazing how useful it is and how it comes at the right time. Today, after another tough Mother’s Day I sat down to write a thank you note to these friends. I’m experiencing a little desolation as I just came off chaperoning a weekend in Cape May, NJ with our youth group. It was powerful and connecting and life changing. But now it was time to get real again.

As I began to write the note, I wanted to update my friends on everything my kids are involved in and how they’re doing. Desolation was immediately replaced with consolation as I was filled with gratitude at how my kids are developing and growing and living successful lives. I was immediately transported to that land where proud parents live when their children are doing well. I stopped and read the note a couple of times, put it down and just smiled. I slowly said to myself, “This is a great moment right now.” And it truly was.

What was most amazing is how I wasn’t feeling grateful when I started the letter but ended up with an overwhelming sense of it and the feeling that everything is going to be alright. While my intent was to give gratitude to my friends, I received it myself in abundance. Is there someone that you should write a thank you note to? Maybe it’s time to do it.

Leave me your thoughts after you’ve done it. I’d love to hear from you. Comments are always open.

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