Birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you notes
It has been that kind of week. It started out with writing a birthday card to my grandmother as she turns 99 on the 11th. She is a great inspiration and provides a living example of what it looks like to persevere through several world, country, local and personal changes. She has seen a lot. I am blessed to have her still sharing her experiences and life with me.
Halloween brought treats and loss. I lost my paternal aunt who had survived cancer for several years. Finally her body needed to rest and our family lost a great lady. She did family gatherings for our huge crew (my father had 14 siblings) and kept the activity going into the evening with fireworks. Alice knew how to feed and entertain!
Later that day my father’s brother in law died. He was out in the field tending the horses. Treats in his pocket and enjoying the life he had made for himself. He was full of ideas and recommendations and always up for a robust discussion. My uncle Glen filled a room.
This morning I decided the best way to begin my Saturday was to write thank you notes. I love this part of my day and week. I am thankful for my work, my colleagues, my friends, my family and my ROCK’N (tolerant) husband.
I was pleasantly surprised this week by two woman leaders who reached out to connect. One stopped by to say “I have been admiring you from afar and I cannot let another day go by without telling you how much I appreciate you”. Stunned, I failed to mention, the feeling was mutual – thank you MR. On Friday I met with a local leader who shared some of her history and impact on the community. I was so honored to be asked to have coffee with her and absolutely thrilled to support her work with More Women on the Move. What an inspiration.
Today I choose to be thankful. I have people in my life that are not joyful and I have learned that I cannot influence their perceptions, however, I can choose to be thankful and bring joy to my interactions. Count your blessings and thank the people who bring you joy and inspiration. Choose to be thankful.