"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it".
~William Arthur Ward
We are all influenced at some time or in some way by people who have entered our lives and touched us. They may be central figures in our lives and well known to us, or they may be almost strangers who touch us in some significant way. You may touch others without realizing it, just as others have touched you without realizing how important that touch was to you. When you express that gratitude, it is like giving a special gift. What could be more important, especially at this time of year?
This week: Take time to reach out to someone who has touched your life in some significant way. Write them a letter or send them an email and express your gratitude. Tell them how what they did helped you, changed you or made a difference for you. Share the specific ways their action or presence impacted you and your life. Realize that you are not only giving them a gift with your gratitude, but you are also giving yourself an important gift--the realization that you were important enough and special enough that they cared enough to reach out to you.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people change their lives in significant ways by helping them find meaningful resources for transformation. She has a multitude of resources to share at her website http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .