Just the other day, my hands ached as they sometimes do, a cruel reminder of my auto-immune disease, scleroderma. My fingers were inflamed and I could feel myself getting frustrated with my inability to get them to glide easily over the keyboard to communicate with family, friends and business associates. I was just about to give in to the discomfort and shut down my pc when a new email popped up. I recognized the name as someone who attended my leadership development workshops many years ago. It had been 12 years since I had heard from her!!!
I recalled that she was a woman who took her personal and professional development very seriously, and often asked me for additional coaching. Her email stated that she left the large organization where I met her, and moved on to a small entrepreneurial company. She seemed to be flourishing. She recalled an evening years ago when we sat over coffee sorting through her personal issues until the wee hours of the morning. Since that time, she made some major changes in her life, was now happily married and the mother of two children. She was emailing to tell me how happy she is today, and “more important”, she wrote, “I want to thank you again.”
Wow! What an uplifting email!–I am not sure if her email actually reduced the inflammation in my hands, or if I just pushed through the discomfort, but my fingers seemed to work as quickly as my mind as I responded to her email. I congratulated her for taking charge of her life and doing what she had to do. And while her email said how much she learned from me, I responded that this time she had in fact taught me something: Thank someone again.
Thank someone again.
Wow…a simple and powerful message! I cannot remember the last time I thanked someone again for the impact they have had on my life. There are so many people whom I should thank again…so many! I will have to make a list! Women with the highest SUCCESSTROGEN levels do not have to make a list, they know who they need to thank again and they continually do so.
Today I will create a list of all the people I need to thank again. At first thought the list is daunting, and then my quick second thought is how lucky am I that I have so many people to thank again! There are those who believed in my pursuit of my doctoral studies, and those who held my hand during a kidney stone battle. There are those who continue to love me and those who loved me for only a short time when I needed them to do so. There are those who played tennis with me when I could hardly return the ball, those who attempted to teach me to play the piano, and those committed to keeping me healthy. As I said, the list is daunting, but I will thank them again.
By the way…is there anyone you might consider thanking again?