I posted this one on 10/28/2010 realizing people need to know that what they do and who they are matters. Let's spread the gratitude this season by creating a new grassroots, really meaningful tradition!! Pass it on!!
With Halloween almost here and Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have felt myself shift focus toward the next holiday a lot sooner than usual. I really want to make Thanksgiving extra special this year. I had an idea a couple of years ago on just how to do that but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I think this year is the year!
Several months ago I reconnected with someone from high school. We had lost touch in college and I had always wondered how she was doing. Last I had seen her was when my father was battling Leukemia; during the last half of my high school years. While it was very tough on me, I found that many of my friends didn't know what to say. In hindsight, I can understand that they just didn't know how to handle it and, frankly, how many teenagers would. This one friend though, always knew when all I needed was a hug. After reconnecting with her a few months ago, I was so happy to be able to tell her just how much her friendship had meant to me all those years ago.
After seeing how much she appreciated hearing that, I realized the idea I had a couple of years ago was something I needed to do. People really need to hear meaningful words of encouragement more often. They need to know that who they are makes a positive difference in someone's life.
Starting in the next couple of weeks I am going to start writing what I am calling my Thanksgiving Letters. I am going to sit down and make a list of all of the people that have made a positive impact on my life in some way and take the time to write them a note to tell them that. I plan on making this a yearly tradition and, hopefully, my sharing it here will encourage other people to do it too.
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon or directly on my website. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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