Archive for the ‘February 2011’ Category

Entering the House of Gratitude Through Many Doors

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

When we think of expressing profound gratitude towards others our thoughts often focus on those people who are the most prominent figures in our lives – children, parents, spouse, and friends.  They have most likely been in our lives the longest and have shared wonderful memories and supported us during difficult times.  To many, this is an obvious choice because they represent the strongest place in our hearts.    When we express our appreciation for them it is as though we are walking through the front door of the “house of gratitude.”

After reading this recent article, I was reminded and encouraged to see that we have more than one door available.  These school students were asked to write letters of appreciation to veteran’s for Valentine’s Day.  As a result of the assignment, one teenage girl, Madelaine took the opportunity to spend time with her father and learn all about his military service.  Their conversation created new memories she will always have of her father, as he died within days of their precious time together.

To me, the young people in this article had the opportunity to express their profound gratitude to someone they didn’t know for what they had given to them by serving our country.  You might say they came in the back door to the “house of gratitude.”  That gesture in and of itself would be very rewarding to the student and the beneficiary.

While they are expressing gratitude to a stranger, they can incorporate a tribute to someone in their own family who is no longer alive but had also served our country in the military.  Although it would have been more meaningful to express this gratitude when the family member was alive it is still a wonderful way to feel and share their appreciation.

Now for the side door.

Sometimes there is hesitancy about how to begin the conversation.  If you can start with a particular subject, like Madelaine did with her father about his military service, the conversation can grow from there.  Once you have entered the “house of gratitude” take the time to mention the many other influences this person had in your life.  It will enrich your expression of gratitude and your relationship.

No matter how you approach it or which door you take, living in the “house of gratitude” is a comfort everyone should experience.  Who can you start a conversation with today?

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To read the entire article of the school-aged children writing letters to veterans, click here.

Titans Head Coach – Not too Tough to Express Gratitude

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

You don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate this gesture.  Former Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans, Jeff Fisher took out a full page ad to thank Nashville and his staff for their support and the memories they made together during the past 17 years.

Fisher has a bright future ahead of him and his ability to express this extraordinary public gesture of gratitude speaks a lot for the man.  Our society would normally expect such personal and heartfelt expressions to come from women, not men and for sure not a football guy.  He shows true class with an open heart.

Here’s some both startling and encouraging news. When I spent a year of my life traveling about the United States and even abroad to visit the 44 people who had made an important difference in my life so I could express my deep gratitude – 80% of them were men.

During these extended conversations, not one of these men was uncomfortable receiving my heartfelt expressions of appreciation for their contributions to my life.  Just the opposite – they were touched and honored by this gift of gratitude.

Do you have men in your life (spouse, colleague, family member, etc.) who express gratitude beyond the common “thank you”?   If so it would be great to acknowledge them, to appreciate them and to encourage them to continue setting a great example for all the generations of men (and women)   In the meantime, I “tip my hat” to Jeff Fisher for his performance both on and off the field.

To see a snapshot and more on Jeff Fisher’s full-page ad, click here

http://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2011/2/6/1978349/jeff-fisher-places-a-full-page-ad-in-the-tennessean

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