You know that warm and fuzzy feeling that emerges from within you as someone acknowledges you for something you did, something you thought no one had cared enough to notice? It doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should.
We’re trained from an early age to thank those who hold the door for us or who bring us our food at a restaurant. We know it’s important to thank people who do things for us, especially when they go out of their way to do something for us. These moments can be pinpointed for single events, ones that are often tangible and finite.
But it’s the bigger events, that aren’t acknowledged enough.
Think about a person who has impacted you, inspired you, challenged you, a person who has made you who you are. Think of that person who pushed you to put yourself out there and challenge yourself by joining that club. Or that person who was always a phone call or frantic text away. Or that person who believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself. As you think of them, think of the conversations you’ve had together, the advice they’ve shared, the time they dedicated to you.
Now, ask yourself if you’ve thanked them for that support, investment, or belief in you. For most, my guess is that your response is that you haven’t. Not because you don’t recognize their impact, but rather, the few words you can come up with you feel can’t begin to describe why you are better because of them.
We’re afraid of these moments because there’s not a set script and it’s not automatic. These conversations force us to be introspective by taking inventory of those people’s impact on us. It forces us to feel with our entire heart. It takes time to process, reflect, and find words to express our emotions, but the impact that they can have on others is priceless.
So, take this as a challenge. Reflect upon one of your proudest moments, and consider who was instrumental in that achievement, and thank them. Write a handwritten note (not an Instagram caption for all to see). Make a call. Show appreciation for their support. Make an impact on their lives in the same way they changed yours.
We have the power to change the world through intentionality, we just have to have the confidence to believe that we can. And we will.