I received a very moving story of an expression of gratitude that I would like to share with you. The reason I’m sharing this particular story is because it vividly demonstrates how we can spend years of meaningful time with someone important to us and never take the time to articulate to that person the magnitude of that person’s impact on our life.
Jim heard a recent presentation of mine on the importance of expressing profound gratitude. It not only resonated with him but he acted on it. Here is Jim’s story as he shared it with me.
In 1993 I met Bill, a fly-fishing guide, during a trip to Alaska. Life hands you opportunities for letting people come into and remain in your life, and so it was with Bill. In the nearly 20 years since, we figure we have spent over a year fishing, ending our days together over a campfire, enjoying a cigar, a single malt, and conversation. There is no man in the world who knows me as well as Bill does.
In our last trip, over a campfire on a cold early winter evening in the high country of Arizona, I expressed my gratitude to Bill. He has helped me truly understand and enjoy the outdoors. His constant patience with my less-than-ideal casting abilities, points to his roots as a teacher who has never stopped teaching. No matter what issue or problem I might be facing, I know that I have a sympathetic ear and someone who will tell it to me “with the bark on.”
Well, we have found over the years that we have gotten more emotional. We shed a few tears that evening, and had to resort to another dram to buck up our spirits.
Think about it for a moment. Is there someone who has been important to you over the years that you have yet to express your profound gratitude for their impact on your life? Likely so. Do not miss the opportunity while everyone is alive and well. You will be enriched by the experience not to mention you will not have to deal with the all too often regrets for things that have been left unsaid.
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