Thank Someone

Gratitude is not a finite element.

It’s not a controlled substance, yet a lot of us try to control it.

A lot of people think they can only give it once they’ve received it; passing it around like a secret handshake or a lucky charm.

Truth is, it’s as abundant as you want it to be.

It fosters a sense of value recognition that opens your eyes to what’s valuable around you, and it takes you towards a place where it’s more okay than ever to be vulnerable.

Having just returned from an extended trip to Portland I’m immensely grateful for the time I was able to spend there. I’m grateful to be able to reconnect with old friends and meet some wonderful new ones, and I feel very lucky indeed.

If this seems silly, over the top or makes you feel awkward, there’s even more reason for YOU to give it your very best shot.

  1. Pick a friend, family member, acquaintance or contact who’s done something for you or to help you. Someone who’s added value or helped you navigate through something. Someone who’s simply been there.
  2. Write them an email – or even better, write them a handwritten card or note to say “Thank You“. Don’t overthink it, it counts even if all you write is a single sentence.
  3. Send it to them.
  4. Don’t expect any reciprocation whatsoever. The point is to send it out, not to get anything back.

That’s it.

Let me know how it feels.


  • Hi Steve
    Hear! Hear! Not only do I try to do it regularly but as John Lennon said “Life’s what happens while we make other plans.” and it doesn’t happen as often as I would like.

    Thanks for reminding me of the dual impact.

  • Thank you, Steve. Thank you for all your wise, down-to-earth goodness, with a top note of wit and humor. Keep putting it out there and I’ll keep trying to better myself using your well-thought-out tricks, tips and tools.

    Cara

      • Why wouldn’t it count? “Pick a friend, family member, acquaintance or contact who’s done something for you or to help you. Someone who’s added value or helped you navigate through something. Someone who’s simply been there.” That’s you. I’m lucky in that I practice gratitude regularly and quite openly with those around me. You were a natural extension.

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