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Progress Update: Write 100 Thank You Notes in 100 Days

Monster thank you by AForestFrolic (stampinmom) on Flickr Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo Credit: AForestFrolic (stampinmom) on Flickr
Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

For the beginning part of this year (okay, through most of grad school too) I forgot to be thankful. The above quote stood out to me because I really did feel like I was just going through the motions, checked out of really paying attention to what was going on around me. I know that it’s not only related to being ungrateful, but I think my attitude greatly impacted that feeling of sleepwalking.

Since the beginning of this month, I’ve been making progress on writing 100 thank you notes in 100 days. It’s been a little slower than I anticipated, because it takes longer to write each note than I expected.

When I’m writing a thank you note for a specific purpose, like “thanks for the birthday gift,” the note almost writes itself. It’s genuine, but more straightforward than when I write a general expression of thanks to a person for being themselves, even though I’m writing about specific reasons I appreciate them. There’s a big difference between the two reasons for writing. While I’m writing a few of the first type, the second is much more meaningful to both me and the person to whom I give the note.

I now realize that as a part of this goal, I originally thought that I would suddenly become a more grateful person. It’s still a challenge to not complain. How about that! Changing habits takes time. Who knew? ;P

On the other hand, I notice that I’m slowly starting to focus more on things I’m grateful for. Expressing gratitude helps me put things into perspective. It also helps me value people more and I’ve been taking time to pray for each person to whom I’m writing, so they’re benefitting apart from simply knowing that I’m grateful.

If you’ve been doing something similar, please leave a comment and let me know how it’s going for you. I’m looking forward to continuing with this goal and to bringing you some stories of how gratitude has changed people’s life, maybe an interview or two, and some more updates on this goal in general.

Click to read: final reflection on this goalprogress update #2, or the initial post about this goal.

ResourceHow to Write a Thank-You Note

Want to join me in this goal of writing 100 thank you notes in 100 days? If you do, please let me know in the comment section below, or by using the contact form. Let’s support each other in intentional gratitude.

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Write 100 Thank You Notes in 100 Days

Photo credit: Sadie Hernandez (sadiediane) on Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo Credit: Sadie Hernandez (sadiediane) on Flickr.
Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a (NIV)

Over the last few months, I have become very ungrateful and dissatisfied with events or conditions of my life, even though I am very blessed. Sometimes my bucket list is part of the problem, because I feel like I’m not making progress and I can’t find time to do things on the list. I get jealous of people who are doing their bucket list items, and convince myself that I will never be able to get them done.

In my head, I know that’s not true, but it’s sometimes hard to remember. While progress on my list has been slower than I’d like compared to my idea of a perfect situation, I have had many opportunities to complete or make progress on several things on my list since the start of 2014.

Last October, I added “Write 100 thank you notes in 100 days” to my list. I didn’t want this just to be a project to check off the list, but to have it give me motivation and structure to be more intentional about expressing gratitude. It seems like it is a good time to start this goal, and May 1st will be Day 1 (Aug 8 will be Day 100).

I debated about writing about this at all while it’s in progress, because I really don’t want people to feel like I’m that I’m not genuine/that I’m only writing to them because I want to finish a list item. However, I decided that if it comes up, I will explain the reasoning behind this project, and that I thought this would be a good time to let them know that I am thankful for them. I will write a brief weekly reflection about this goal, and hopefully add some interviews/guest posts of other people who have done or are doing similar things.

Want to join me in this goal of writing 100 thank you notes in 100 days? If you do, please let me know in the comment section below, or by using the contact form. Let’s support each other in intentional gratitude.

Click to read: progress update #1, progress update #2, and the final reflection on this goal.