Sunday, January 15, 2012
A Simple Gift & a T.Y. Challenge
I got a surprise gift in the mail a couple days back. No, I didn't win anything, nor did I get a tax refund. I got a "thank-you note". This one was a little extra special, because it was completely out of the blue. Here's part of what it said:
Dear Bro. "MMM":
It's now been twenty years since I was a scrawny deacon and you were one of my leaders. My thanks to you is long overdue...
This young man - who was in my scout troop in the early '90s - went on to say some really nice things that were very generous and humbling. I was thrilled to find that he now has a family of his own, and is true to the faith. (Getting a little teary here.)
It felt wonderful to hear how he was doing, and to find that I had made an impact all those years ago. It is humbling and invigorating at the same time.
I'm not telling you this to polish my halo, so don't get judgmental on me. ;) Remember, one of the things I am focusing on this year is gratitude, and this sort of made my ears go up. Since then, I was thinking about what an easy thing it is to jot down a note that could make someone's day, and bless someone's life.
AND SO, my faithful readers. I present to you the T.Y. Challenge. Yes, I am talking to you.
The challenge is for you to think about someone in your life who deserves your thanks, and let them know. Could be current, could be from long ago. Could be from family, could be from church, could be from school, could be from work - whatever. It could even be someone who you have had a falling out with, and need to extend an olive branch.
Got someone in mind? I'll bet a name has already popped into your head. Run with it. Here are the steps:
1) Open your program, or take out a card or piece of paper. RIGHT NOW! I MEAN IT!
2) OK. Ready? Now stop reading this post and write the thank you note. When you are done, proceed to #3
3) Next, hit send, or get it ready to mail. Then come back for further instructions.
(twiddling my digital thumbs and humming)
4) Back already? How do you feel? Good? Sheepish? Blessed?
5) Next, write a comment about what you did - who you sent it to (no names please) and why, and how you feel.
That is today's TY Challenge. I can't wait to se your responses. I'll go first. (This is gonna be awesome!)
I'm done. I just wrote an letter to a man that I worked with in the church some 15 years ago. Ours was very much that of a Master Jedi/Pawadan relationship - I being the Padawan. I learned a great deal from him about how to navigate personal relationships and how to help others do the same. He also helped reinforce how much fun it is to try and dig deeper into the gospel and continually try and improve our scriptural literacy. I wrote to him because I rarely see him anymore, and I think I appreciate him more now than I did then. I feel good, but surprisingly, I am a little nervous that he might think I'm nuts. Oh, well!