One is never too young, or is it ever too soon, when it comes to expressing deep gratitude.
I have had the pleasure to speak with several thousand people since my book, This Is the Moment, was released.
Most often the audiences were comprised of men and women of middle age or older and usually very successful in their professional and personal lives.
My desired outcome of these presentations was to inspire the audience to act on my message of expressing gratitude while everyone was alive and well. Not only will future regrets be eliminated but the experience will be very gratifying for both the giver and the recipients. Thousands of people to date confirm exactly that.
The idea then occurred to me. If it is such a good idea to develop this capacity when one is older, wouldn’t it be even more valuable if one learned this practice earlier in one’s life?
So when the opportunity was given me to speak to teenage students who attended The Elementary Institute of Science in San Diego, I was pleased to do so.
During my presentation, I challenged the students to reach out and express gratitude to just one person who has been really important to them and, if they did, I would love to hear what the experience was like.
Here is some of what they wrote to me after acting on my challenge.
“I could not have survived without my mother. My mother inspires me to be the best I can be.”
Another said to her grandmother, “I can’t tell you how much you mean to me and what it has meant to me to have you take care of me since I was one year old”.
Another said, “As soon as I expressed to my mother how much she meant to me and my gratitude for her clothing and nurturing me since I was born, I immediately began to think of other people I wanted to express gratitude to. I felt if I could say those things to my mom, I could say those things to other people”
And one more. This teenager expressed gratitude for her really good friend who helped her through a really rough time in her life. The friend was surprised and touched and it strengthened their friendship.
After receiving these letters, I reaffirmed my deep belief that the benefits of expressing gratitude to those who have been really important to us are relevant no matter what our age or demographic. One is indeed never too young and it is never too soon!!
If you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of an expression of profound gratitude, I’d love to hear your story. Please share it privately at Share Your Story or publicly in the Comments section below.