Every once in awhile I read an article, talk to a friend, or have a memory that makes me stop and think about life. We are all blessed to be breathing on this earth. If you are healthy, you are even luckier. Some people live a life of pain and suffering. When those thoughts come to mind, I know that no matter what life throws at me I will be fine.
Once I am reminded that I have a great life and great friends, I immediately ask myself “If I died today, would they know how much I appreciate them?” The answer is usually no. Our lives become busier and busier everyday. Technology allows us to accomplish so much more while also connecting us to large networks of people that can serve as a distraction from the most meaningful relationships we all have. Usually I try to reach out to an old friend once or twice a week and just see how they are doing. This week I am doing something different.
I have been fortunate enough to have a lot of help along the path I have walked in my life. In my personal life, my business life, and my social life. Great people have helped me, mentored me, defended me, praised me, and even berated me when I needed it. These people are the real essence of who I am as a person. Without them or the experiences they provided me, who knows who I would be today or what I would be doing. I owe every single one of them a “Thank you!”
While it might not be possible to reach out to every single person I am thankful for in my entire life, what if I tried? Maybe I fail horribly and only reach 5% of them. That 5% would know what they have meant to me and understand that they are appreciated. Thats good enough for me. Take a chance today to thank 2 or 3 people in your life that has helped you or been there for you when you needed them. They will be pleasantly surprised. Our world only works because people are willing to help other people. Giving gratitude to them will help encourage them to help others, while you pass along the favor to others as well. How many people can you reach today?