Thankfulness is a virtue that we often ignore. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world that we forget to thank the people who have helped us the most. Then there are people who just simply need thanking to help them feel better about their own situation. Everyone likes to be appreciated.
I thought I would use my platform to encourage a little thankfulness.
Here are 25 people you could easily thank today:
- The person who gave you a start in your career.
- Someone who encourages you that you only know online.
- A random stranger God lays on your heart.
- A teacher who had the greatest impact on you.
- A friend who was there when you needed one most.
- A pastor who helped shape your understanding of God.
- The person you know who prays for you regularly.
- The person who waits on you every day—somewhere—and you don’t even know their name.
- A politician you admire for doing the right thing—as best as you can tell.
- The unexpected person who was there for you at just the right time in your life.
- A person who may not receive encouragement from anyone else.
- A leader you admire.
- Someone who has invested in you and doesn’t even know it.
- The person who has been the most patient with you.
- Someone who believed in you when no one else did.
- An emergency services professional—police, fire, military, etc.
- Your childhood best friend.
- The person who introduced you to the person you married.
- A college professor who challenged you to think bigger.
- Someone who inspires you with something they do well.
- Someone who was a good friend to your parents.
- A person you think is underappreciated.
- Someone who has a smile that encourages you.
- A family member who holds the family together.
- The parent who paved your way.
A few suggestions.
I’m sure you have many more. Send a card. (Handwritten notes are awesome—and rare.) Write the email. Make the phone call. Plan a personal visit. Say thank you.
By the way, if you can’t thank the person anymore, thank their family. Can you imagine how encouraging that would be?