Imagine writing a few hundred thank you notes in the span of roughly four years. With no ulterior motives and no holiday to prompt her correspondence, one parishioner did just that. She shared with us how, years ago, she decided to write three to five spontaneous thank you notes per week throughout her job as a school principal. This exercise energized her work week. "The fun part of it was that I knew it would get done, so I was always thinking about it," she said.
From volunteers to librarians to a public school superintendent who woke up in the wee hours of the morning to monitor the roads and consult with the police about school delays during inclement weather, hundreds of diligent workers received her notes. Setting aside the time to stop and acknowledge the faithful people she crossed paths with day in and day out instilled in her the spiritually-minded discipline of noticing. "I noticed something I appreciated about a parent who dropped off a child every day," she said, recalling one of her first thank you notes and how she told the parent that this sliver of interaction each morning was a blessing. Each thank you note was met with surprise. "I can't tell you how many people said, 'I've been doing this for years and no one ever said thank you!' They were grateful to be noticed."
As we approach Thanksgiving Day and this season of noticing God's goodness to us, including taking notice of how His love is made complete through one another (1 John 4:12), we want to hear from YOU. How do you cultivate an attitude of gratitude? Here is what some of our staff had to say.
Compiled by a member of our church staff