And no one should preach a life-style they aren't willing to live up to.
So I thought I'd share a little gratitude idea I have. I have a facebook account with a 100s of "friends." In the past I used to do clean sweeps and delete anyone I didn't have regular contact with ... but then I figured out how important networking is and that if I ever moved back to my hometown, I might want to see a few of those highschool people that were pretty awesome and nice (and still live in town!) but who I don't always talk to when there isnt a chance for a get together. However, I am still strict about only "friending" someone I actually know.
About 2 years I began a little gratitude project. I am slowly working my way through my facebook "friends" and sending each one a personalized thank you message. I'm thanking them for a life-lesson, impactful moment, or some other thing they did that left a lasting effect on me. I really lagged on it last year, but I am picking it back up now with the intention of having emailed each and everyone of my "friends" by the new year.
The project stems from my own belief that every interaction, no matter how small, has an effect of some kind. Which is why I try my hardest (though I don't always live up to it as much as I'd like) to live with the intention of having positive interactions with everyone... regardless of how large or small that interaction may be. This belief system also allows me to view all others as teachers.
This project is also a warm and fuzzy. There are plenty of emails that never get a response back. Thats fine - I'm not looking for a response. But then there are some emails that do a get a response that just warm my heart. Sometimes I get a thank you in return. Sometimes I get a reply that says that I gave that person a boost on a really shitty day. Sometimes I get a reply that says that they really appreciate feeling appreciated. And wow - that just seems like a gift all over again.
What are you grateful for today?
(and today, specifically, I'm grateful for my hubby and his homemade latte that he woke up at 5:30 am this morning to make so that I would have it while I was sitting in rush hour traffic on my way to start a 13 hour work day. Poor guy normally doesnt wake up until 9:30 or so.)