Oh, so cheesy, middle school cheerleader of me, huh?
Regardless, you know it’s now stuck in your head for the remainder of the day (you’re welcome), so you might as well continue reading and see why I did such a horrid thing to you.
We spend a lot of time writing stories and giving you things to talk about. Many of you comment. Many of you don’t, and that’s ok. Maybe you’re shy? Maybe you don’t feel that you have anything to add? Maybe you agree—maybe you don’t?
Unfortunately, that is a trend in most of our lives. Many of us do not take the opportunity to comment. Comment on your wife’s hair, your husband’s new gizmo, your kids’ ‘A’ on a big assignment, your neighbor’s manicured lawn… the list could go on forever.
I read a couple of blog posts recently that discussed ‘deathbed regrets’—things that people who were dying said they wished they would have done. I saw two common factors in both. The first was making more time for friends and family. The second was all about communication: “I wish I would have said I love you more… I wish I’d had the courage to express myself… I wish I would have spoken my mind…”
Many of us also wish that the world was a better place, yet we tend to fail in the action department. It happens all the time.
Well, enough of all this. Today I want to you to do both. I want you to make the world a better place by telling someone you appreciate them and why.
If you run into the problem I mentioned up at the top of this article—shyness or what not, just don’t bring that person over to read what you wrote. If you aren’t too shy, simply write your message in the comments and ask them to stop by and read what you wanted to tell them.
Let’s brighten some days before the weekend, shall we?
I’ll start you off:
“To my wife and kids: I know I have spent more time away than with you in the last 11 years, but as I transition home this time, I can’t help but be thankful to have you all there, cheering me on, welcoming me home, and forgiving my absence. We all know how rough these things are, and I just want to tell you that I appreciate your support and love you all very much. I can’t wait to get home. HLK, B.”
Now it’s your turn, reader. Write away!