"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." G. B. Stern
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Since reading Mandy's post, I've stumbled upon more "One Little Word" posts from other blogs I follow: Maria - Reflection; Katherine - Be; and Laura - Stand (these posts are inspirational and worth a read). Every time I finished reading a post I thought, "Yes, that's the perfect word." While each of these words stuck with me, I felt I should really think about the word that would make a difference for me.
I wrestled with what my word would be. I've decided it is THANK. I'm very fortunate to have friends and family who do so many things to make me smile each day. I'm always struck by the kindness and thoughtfulness of others. Though I thank people in words and action, I'm not always as good as I should be about putting this thanks in writing. It's hard to find the right words to tell someone how much you appreciate them.
So I'm going to make sure I take the time to THANK family, friends, and students for the ways they make me smile every day. I'm going to resist the urge to put a number on this "one little word," but instead hope to take time to send a quick note, text, picture, card, message or something to let everyone know how much I appreciate them. I found a few ideas for getting started at WiseBread: 25 Ways to Say Thanks.
I found this important reminder at bethankful.com:
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy