One Thanks A Day

I’m late on this month’s deadline for our blog post. It is not the first time, and it won’t be the last. Year-end is often a hectic period. We are managing the close of 2019, looking to the opportunity of 2020 and finalizing our holiday plans. So many checklists, so little time. My ‘blog post for November’ item remains unchecked.

November’s post is supposed to be about giving thanks. Seems appropriate considering the holiday we celebrate later this month. Seems appropriate today because as I write this, it is Veterans Day. First thing this morning, I called my dad to wish him a Happy Veterans Day and thank him for what he did for our family and our country. I look forward to it every year.

This morning’s call got my wheels turning. Many of us keep gratitude journals and write down 3 to 5 things we are thankful for each day, and that practice warms my soul. Try it and see for yourself. Today was different, though. It was about picking up the phone, making a connection, and saying thank you. Is it possible to challenge ourselves to do that once a day for the rest of this month? By the time this blog goes live, we’ll be halfway through November. That leaves 15 days – one thanks a day. You in?

As a first step, write down 15 people you’d like to thank, and spend each day this month reaching out to one of them. Can be in person, over the phone, via text or email. The mechanism is not as important as the message.

My hope is that by giving thanks to others, you’ll receive much more in return. Gratitude has a way of filling up our emotional banks in ways we never expected. And to all veterans reading this post, a heartfelt thank you for your sacrifice, service and courage.