It arrived a few weeks ago. Like a granite monument it stands tall on my study desk. It is powerful but discreet. Extraordinary yet simple. Authentic.
You see, over 30 years ago Connie and her husband, Paul became people of influence in our lives. On November 2nd Connie wrote…
Just a note to thank you for sending your books – we look forward to reading them.
It was a delight to get to talk to you and Rita at (MNU) Homecoming. What fun recalling memories and sharing a little of the “Journey!” Actually, we could have used more time.
It is always a blessing for us to hear and see how God is working in the lives of people who have been a part of our lives in past years.
With appreciation and love to both you and Rita,
Her card was more than “Just a note.” Think back to that handwritten note you received; what did you feel?
Handwritten notes are so effective, so why don’t we send more? What’s that you say, not enough time? You don’t have their snail mail address? We live in a digital age? Got it. But that handwritten note is powerful.
Grease for life’s realities
Relationships are like gears. The mechanic squirts grease in the cogs to minimize the friction and keep things working. Gratitude is the grease for human connections and the stress of life.
Throwing a pity party is easy. Come one come all! Yes, life is stressful. Tough times happen. Life is hard, all the more reason to cultivate a grateful heart.
Stress in the workplace (in life) strains relationships. Whether workplace stress comes from inadequate staffing, low pay, unclear or conflicting job expectations, a lack of teamwork, or a lack of work/life balance (i.e. – life harmony) takes its toll. Gratitude eases the strain as you acknowledge benefits received.
Try it and see
Where is your people challenge; your biggest life challenge? Make a list of what you can be grateful for or appreciate and see what happens.
Name the Person :
Identify the Situation:
I am thankful…
Gratitude is the grease for the stressful connections in life.
It’s more than that
Connie’s note will continue to stand tall on my study desk until I file it. While the Hallmark logo is nice I’ll keep the note because it came from her heart in her own handwriting.
Who will you surprise this week?
Here’s to your spirit of gratitude,