Linking to awesome working mom blogger Julia @ Work, Wife, Mom, Life, this week I'm making my own prompt - Gratitude
I recently read a Reader's Digest story about a lawyer who's law firm was bleeding money, he was being sued, going through a difficult divorce and had become distanced from his kids. He became so stressed that he found himself walking out into traffic without looking first, wondering if it might it might be easier to just end life. All this after 23 years of work. It made me think about work - I've got 10 professional years under my belt, if in 13 years from now I was going through this mess I'd be really upset! In life we want to progress NOT face calamity this late in our career!
The story went on to say this man was so frustrated that one day he walked 15 miles until he heard a voice that said,
"Until you learn to be grateful for the things you have, you will not receive the things you want".He then got the idea to write thank you cards as a way to improve his gratitude. It started with a card to his son for the single cup coffee maker Christmas present, he thanked people for repaying loans, he thanked his apartment manager for working so hard to fix a leaky toilet, he thanked the cat adoption agency for taking such good care of the cat he adopted and finally he wrote a thank you letter to his young daughter.
"Thank you for being so cheerful and happy when I picked you up yesterday. Sometimes I don't have a very fun day, but when I see you and we talk about things and have fun, I feel better. Thank you for being the best daughter ever."He wrote 50 cards in all that year and it changed his life. He started paying attention when crossing the street and realized life was worth living.
I know many of us do not face the kind of trials this man faced but I loved the concept of writing thank you cards and how it can improve our gratitude. Recently I took my car to Goodyear to get the front tire fixed; it was really low and I suspected a flat was coming. They spent an entire hour taking the tire off, soaking the rubber and couldn't find a hole. I spent this time at Dunkin' Donuts taking a well needed break, watching the old people treat it like their local Starbucks. It was so nice to take a break. When I went back to get the car, the guy didn't charge me! I think he deserves my first thank you card of the year!