Over the weeks and months that I’ve been writing this blog, a number of you have left nice messages in the comments. I wonder if you realize the impact you have? Do you know how just a few kind words can be enough to make my whole day? They make me feel important. They make me feel appreciated.
So many of us walk around in our lives feeling unappreciated. We feel like nobody notices what we do. Our hearts are heavy with the thought that no one understands what we are going through. But do you realize what power you have to change that for those around you? Do you see how just saying sincere thanks to people in your lives, from the woman at the Drive Thru at the bank to your best friend, to your mom, to your spouse can have an impact on them? And do you know what an impact it can have on you?
When you sincerely thank those around you, when you applaud them for the work they do, when you allow them to see that their efforts matter to someone, they feel good and you feel good. It’s a two-fer one deal. Now let me be clear. This is something I really wish I was better at doing. With my staunch Midwestern upbringing, it’s easy for me to politely thank perfect strangers, while at the same time be kind of lousy at thanking and encouraging those closest to me. I get busy. I forget. I don’t like to gush.
But when I look around me at the people who are most successful and the most happy, they are also the people most encouraging to those around them. So I am trying to be better. I am trying to get my head out of my proverbial butt a little more. And I am trying to verbalize what I am often thinking: how blessed I am to have smart, loving, joyful, generous, kind and awesome people in my life. I’m trying to remember to say thanks.
So my little chicklettes, you are indeed truly awesome! And thanks so much for listening.
The Fat Chick