Be grateful, and thank someone

Have you ever thought of writing a letter to someone you wanted to thank?  Someone perhaps from way back, from in school, at work, or in life who helped you become the person you are today?  I have.

Today I wrote a letter  to a woman who, along with other people, was a good support to me when times were tough.  It was a long time ago, and I’ve and achieved a lot since then, so I thought I’d write her a letter to thank her for spending the time with me.  For guiding me and for helping me understand and get through what was a tough time for me.

In the letter, I let her know how far I’ve come in the 17 or 18 years since I saw her (school)  and was truly grateful for her help, advice and guidance at the time, and even now.  She along with a few other people have helped shape my thoughts to be positive and helped me to become happy and successful in life.

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I remember one day, going to her when I was about 13 or 14 .  An upset, confused and slightly attention seeking teenage with troubles which were beyond what a normal teenager would normally go throigh.  I was really down and upset and went to her with a long list of bad or negative things in my life.

She often took time out of her busy schedule / lunch break and spoke with me.  She asked me to write out a list of all the positives in my life.  And it worked.  I realised that life wasn’t as crappy as I was making it out to be. I had a hell of a lot going for me, and I should appreciate each and every positive thing I had.

To this day, it’s how I think and see life: optimistically.  I always look on the bright side and I’m sure it’s helped me get to where I am today.

So I wrote her a letter, and sent it to her today.  Hopefully it will make her smile, and make her feel proud that she’s helped me (and probably lots of others like me).  Perhaps one day when I’m older, I’ll receive a letter (or email) like it from somone else I’ve maybe helped?

Do you have someone you’re grateful to for spending time listening to, helping or guiding you?  Why not write them a letter, thank them and let them know how far you’ve come and how happy you are now?

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