Today, if you can, I wonder if you might find time to think about one person who, sometime in the past, made a difference to your life?
It might have been a friend or family member. A neighbour even. Or, as in my case, a school teacher.
Perhaps they went out of their way to help you. Maybe they gave you invaluable advice. It could be something as fundamental as them simply believing in you.
Having brought them to mind, ask yourself the following. Perhaps you thanked them at the time, and to some extent their contribution has probably faded from your memory.
However, what I’d like to suggest is that you write to thank them again. Doing so will almost certainly give them a boost, but the power of a genuine, heart-felt thank-you can also warm you, the person expressing gratitude.
I was lucky to have a couple of teachers whose influence I still feel, all these years later. And although neither is still with us, one of my most treasured possessions is a reply to the thank-you note I sent to a teacher from my secondary school.
I think I’d moved him by writing to him. His letter in turn moved me.
It’s so important of course to express your thanks before it’s too late, which is why I gently urge you to take action in the next day or two.
Your letter (or email) needn’t be long or complicated, but it should be genuine and specific. Exactly how did this person make a difference? Exactly what did this difference mean?
Don’t necessarily count on a reply: that’s not what this is about.
Do, however, count on feeling just a little better once you’ve dropped your letter in the mailbox.