Day 3 of Count Up to 2018 is a practice that is near and dear to my heart. As my daughter pointed out to me, I have been sending handwritten notes for as long as she can remember!
This practice was something taught to me as a young child as a required exercise after receiving a gift. I didn't understand the great impact of this acknowledgement to much later in life and once understood, continued teaching the practice to my children as well.
There are so many ways to practice gratitude, but this simple act of putting pen to paper and sending a note off in the mail is one of my favorites. There are many reasons these are powerful:
I have a practice of each month sending out ten notes of gratitude. I send them to famous people and those in my daily life to let them know they are appreciated in my life. This is a simple gesture that helps me remember how lucky I am to have these wonderful people in my life.
I generally get as much out of this exercise as those who receive these notes. I have even received responses back from some of the more famous people I've contacted, so don't hesitate to reach out to them as well. It's clear to me every one likes to know they have made an impact on someone's life.
Today I live in a country that does not have a traditional mail system, so I find this practice more challenging to maintain, however I have found creative solutions to keep it alive. I continue to share my gratitude in many ways, but the notes of gratitude will continue to have a place in my practice.
I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. What does receiving a personal note in the mail mean to you? Is the written note something you will add to your gratitude practice?