My New Year’s ritual is always the same….. to enjoy the contents of my Memory Box . It allows me to savor the modest but most beautiful and extraordinary moments in my ordinary life from the year just ended. As I reviewed the hundreds of notes, programs, ticket stubs, and photos that acknowledged my place in this world, I noticed a pattern.
The thank you-note.
The most beautiful gift one can receive.
Heart-felt. Hand written. Thank you-for-what-you-did—-for-being-you—-for-inspiring me—– gifts of the soul.
As I read each and every one as if for the first time, I fought back tears realizing I was worthy of the time it took for so many to give me such a gift.
“Thank you for your friendship.”
“What you said in your speech touched me.”
“Thank you for your gift.”
“Thank you for always making me laugh.”
Thank you notes are a gift of grace and gratitude but more importantly it is a tangible way of saying
“You are worthy.”
And so as I begin a new year of opportunity, new faces and soul-filled moments, I once again resolve to do the same.
To take the time….. to send the note.
To not only accept the gift but to share it.
Happy New Year!