There is something about the end of the year that makes you think about the days gone by, reflect upon what went well, think about what could’ve been better and remember all the people who made a difference to your life.
Yes, there is something about November that puts me in a mood of gratitude. For the good and the not-so-good. Because, as someone once said, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”
This year, I plan on expressing my gratitude by writing a note of thankfulness and if I’m brave enough share it with the recipient.
Expressing Gratitude on Paper
For someone like me, it is SO much easier to write down what I feel rather than talk about it. Somehow when I talk, the words don’t come out all that right and I usually end up feeling quite foolish. So, I write. Whether it is an apology or a note of thanks, I write it.
While there really is no best time to express gratitude, November with Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, right around the corner, does bring out our grateful best.
The Difference Between Thanking and Thankfulness
While writing a traditional Thank You note can be relatively easy, expressing thankfulness can be thought-provoking to say the least. There is a BIG difference between saying, “Thank you” and “I’m thankful for…”.
Saying thank you is often automatic and done without thinking. Someone passes you a plate at the table and you say, “thank you”. There’s nothing wrong with it but it is generally done without thinking, without thought.
So, when you sit down to write your letter of thankfulness, remember you’re not just saying “thank you”, you’re expressing your gratitude for being blessed, for being chosen, for being gifted.
Write from the heart. Let the words flow.
As I plan a simpler season of celebrations and new beginnings, I plan to write a letter of gratitude for everything that this year has brought.
“Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.”~ J. Robert Moskin
Will you be writing a note of thankfulness this year? How do you express gratitude? Do share in the comments below
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