When was the last time you stopped to say, ‘thank you’ to someone?
Thank you to your child’s teacher for their heart in the classroom.
Thank you to your best friend for checking on you when you weren’t feeling well.
Thank you to your spouse for filling your car with gas, making you dinner, or tackling bed time with the kids so you could have a few minutes of downtime.
Thank you to the flight attendant, the hotel concierge, your last waiter or waitress, nurse or school bus driver for good service or doing a little extra.
Thank you to your mom or dad for taking care of your kids, for calling to say hello, or simply for the advice you needed as a teenager.
What about the idea of making a #ThankList….like a bucket list, but instead of ‘things to do’, it is characterized by the people you think deserve a little ‘thank you’ from you? The good folks at American Greetings have done just this – encouraging people like you and me to thank those who have helped shape who you are today. As a brand that believes strongly in meaningful connections, American Greetings is excited to see what you have to say.
My first #ThankList would look a little like this:
Dearest Small People,
Thank you for helping my heart to grow ten sizes, for teaching me patience when I was lacking, for reminding me to focus on fun and play. Thank you for listening to me when I stress how important your relationship with each other is and will be in the future; for protecting each other and working hard to be kind. Thank you for making me a better person, daughter, and friend. You have opened my eyes to kindness, to laughter, to priorities. I’m grateful to each of you for making me a mother, allowing me to be a ‘mommy’ and joining me on this journey that will always have me looking out for you, hugging you, worrying about you, and guiding you in to adulthood and beyond. All of these and more are reasons you are on my #ThankList. Love, Mommy
And my next, fresh off my 20 year college reunion would go a little like this:
My Life-Long Friends,
Thank you for 24 years (and counting) of friendship, of memories, of support and laughter. There is magic in the ability to go months and years without having time face-to face, only to find you can pick up right where you left off. I’m grateful you are those kinds of people. Thank you for asking questions, for caring, for falling right back in to the beauty of inside jokes, of ‘remember whens’ and can’t-wait-to-see-you-again. You have made this girl who lives 18-hundred miles away feel special and loved. #ThankList
And I am counting the days until we can do it all again. Love, Danielle
Now, it is your turn….spread a little love and thanks by using the hashtag #ThankList on any of your social media platforms. And feel free to tell me too, since, I’d love to see, feel, and share in your gratitude too.
Now, who is on your #ThankList? Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
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Disclosure: Thank you (ha! you see what I did there?) to American Greetings and SheKnows for inspiring this conversation…focusing on gratitude makes me feel good inside. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.