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  1. s
    sb

    My husband almost tops the list and all my family close behind but, like so many others, it has to be my Mum – she has always supported me and been there for me -she has always given me confidence to be me, to make my own mistakes, to go for what I want. She has taught me wonderful values to live my life by, how to be happy and to make the most of everything. She never criticises but picks up the pieces when things go wrong. She understands me and knows me better than I know myself. She would do anything for me – and does!! A thank you letter could never do her justice.

    3 years ago
  2. Malag

    To my long dead mother. You did your best for me and loved in your own unique way. As I get older I ask what more could anyone do.?

    3 years ago
  3. k'Care-Reena

    I actually sent sentimental letters to those who are closet to me. Because I have decided to travel and live a different lifestyle from my family tension began to build up between us. They do not understand the lifestyle I am living, that’s okay. Rather than be being mad and isolate myself I sent appreciate letters to them on Valentines Day. May I say I got to hear one of the things I have been praying to hear from my mother “you have grown so much”. She acknowledges my growth. her words have inspired me and empowered me to pursue my coaching career!!!

    3 years ago
  4. Chester

    To each person, striving to do their part with excellence, past and present – the networks of individuals each interlacing, supporting and building upon one another, contributing to the ideas lining my shelves, the innovation that built the chair on which I sit, the desk on which I work, the sound of the music and composition that I listen to, the warmth of my home, the skis that took me down the hill today, and the computer on which I type. One big thank you letter to you all past, present, and future.

    3 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    I definitely think I would like to give a thank you letter to my counselor once I am no longer working with her. She’s the one therapist I’ve had who I feel actually “gets it.” In the letter, I would say how much it means to me to have someone who is able to name trauma when it occurs (even if it might not be traumatic to most people) and to not invalidate the difficulties I go through.

    3 years ago
  6. lunaperra70

    Thank you to my family and friends that love me as I am, broken bits and all.

    3 years ago
  7. Dusty Su

    Today to me.

    Thank you for bravely showing up for the hard stuff that will pay into your future. While overwhelmed, you can do this. You’ve done so many things afraid with amazing outcomes. Take it one step at a time, breathe deeply, walk mindfully, let love and kindness guide you. Celebrate when done. This is no small fete. None of it has been this past year, but you are nearing a home stretch that is easier, calmer, and will restore homeostasis. One step dear heart, then another…

    3 years ago
    1. Palm

      Dusty Su, I have screenshot this letter for myself, I needed it, thanks.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        You are welcome, glad it was of some help to you. It’s actually great for me to read it again a day later.

        3 years ago
  8. Elaine

    Better for me to attend to expressing thanks in the moment — to friends or family and to those I encounter day by day who serve me and the common good.

    3 years ago
  9. Kristi

    I would write a thank you letter to my mom. She has passed away but there are so many things I wish I could say! I would tell her how her beautiful outlook on life is so inspiring, let her know how she has shaped me into the person I am today, tell her I’m in awe of how positive she was despite all the challenges life through at her. Her coworkers often told me she is an angel, she really was in more ways than she would ever have known. I miss her!

    3 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    I was pondering this… say I was to write to Christ, or the Buddha, or Krishna, or Mohamad or Shiva or Moya or any of the spiritual leaders, what could I say? Thank you for the guidance, thank you for the light, thank you for being a mirror. It all feels inadequate. Perhaps words are way too inadequate. Perhaps I would say it best by not saying anything at all.

    3 years ago
  11. Amy

    To a dear friend who I just found out has Alzheimer’s. She has been a key part of my life since I was 12 (I’m now 53). Since I found out that she had been diagnosed two years ago, I haven’t gotten the courage to call and see how she is faring for fear that it will be obvious that she is losing her memory. I went through this with my grandma and it’s such a devastating disease.

    3 years ago
  12. Melissa

    I would write a thank you letter to my Italian immigrant grandmothers who loved us all so much. Coming here with nothing in their pockets and so young. They surrounded the family with homemade food every Sunday. Through all the challenges of starting over in a new country opening a restaurant where I still have a menu where the raviolis were 25 cents. They made a home for all their children and family filled with love, support and worked from dawn to dusk.

    3 years ago
  13. Linda

    To my father. He didn’t get to go to college but he made sure I and the rest of my siblings did, at great cost and sacrifice. It has created a life for us without the difficulties of working in manual labor positions as he did. Thank you, Dad.

    3 years ago
  14. Isabel

    I would write a thank you letter to my family. My parents and siblings have always been people I look up to and admire. I would thank them for continuously being there throughout all the highs and lows and truly showing me that I am not alone in this world.

    3 years ago
  15. Journey

    I would write a letter to my parents who are my role models. I tell them that from time to time. To my sister who takes such good care of my parents while I live in another country. To my husband for his unconditional love and support. To my son for giving me the gift of motherhood. To God for being there everyday in everyday. To my friends and colleagues for being part of my life. To all the people I dont know that work grocery stores and other essential services and all the front line workers who are battling it day in and day out.
    God Bless everyone.

    3 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      Denada, Journey

      3 years ago
  16. Mike S

    I would write a letter to Christ who came into my life at a time but I didn’t even know I needed a spiritual revolution. That was back in 1978 and I have forever been grateful since then for His presence.

    3 years ago
  17. Carol

    I owe my thanks to so many people. Some I’ve never even met but through their writings, their actions, their example, I have been given the opportunity to grow and to prosper.In a letter, I would thank those who have personally touched my life for their compassion, kindness, and encouragement. This question reminds me of a song written by John Michael Talbot. Here’s a link to him singing it on youtube. I’ve pasted the lyrics below: it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SQtXzjC2pg

    Christ has no body now but yours
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours
    Yours are the eyes through which He looks
    With compassion on this world
    Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
    Yours are the hands,
    With which He blesses all the world
    Yours are the hands,
    Yours are the feet
    Yours are the eyes
    You are His body
    Christ has no body now but yours
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours
    Yours are the eyes through which He looks
    With compassion on this world
    Christ has no body now on earth
    But yours

    3 years ago
  18. devy

    I should write a letter to my myself from my inner child thanking me from being there, protecting him whenever painful thoughts or emotions come up. I understand the reasons why my inner child comes up. understand his feelings . my inner child was trying to protect me the best way that they knew even though it can have disasterous consequences. My inner child appreciates that I still love him, that I will protect him and be there for them to help him grow. We are both inseparable.. we are one ..

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Yay, Devy! That is a significant milestone in healing. Good job!

      3 years ago
    2. Mike S

      Thanks Devy for sharing about your inner child.

      3 years ago
  19. Patricia

    These daily questions cause me to ponder, and for that I’m thankful… This one caused me to think about a handful of people for whom and to whom I’m grateful. So instead of going into all of them, I will just say thanks to the Gratefulness.org folks for the ministry of their questions….

    3 years ago
  20. Michele

    The first person that popped into my head was my mom. This March it will be 4 yrs since she has passed away. I would thank her for being a good mom. I appreciate all the Sunday dinners and having a close knit family. We always had good Christmas’, my Uncle converted to Judaism so we also celebrated Passover/Hanukkah. She was an animal lover and I thank her for growing up with a love of Siamese cats and Borzoi dogs. She was an excellent organizer, card giver and good friend. Yep, thank you Mom for being you. I love you and miss you very much.

    3 years ago
  21. Trish

    I need to write a letter to my amazing father & thank him for teaching me about the beauty & importance of nature. He’s a retired ornithologist & an avid conservationist. I fell in love with trees, turtles & dirt because of my dad. I still adore tent camping & hiking in lush forests, high mountains, dusty back roads…my dad taught me to see God in every blade of grass & feel Holy Presence in the wind. I’ve planted “millions” of trees & my spiritual life has been greatly enhanced by nature. Thank You, daddy💚💚

    3 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      Birders are the BEST! I have run several nature programs taking folks to the Everglades to bird and learned SO MUCH from them! The most consistently observant people I have ever known!

      3 years ago
  22. Ed Schulte

    To this bright young person……

    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-55991058

    What would I say? ,,,”YOU are BRILLIANT”! …( in the best Australian accent I can manage )

    Happy Family Day all!

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I literally saw a similar event on my local news station that brought tears to my eyes as I watched it.
      https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/02/11/project-patriotism–junior-rotc-students-clean-400-military-headstones

      This makes me proud of our youth and is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing !

      3 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte

        Hi Michele

        Yes, to another example of of awareness within youth, too often they are not counted in places where participation is most important .

        from those who find this link stalling ….just cut it short and use the search engine of yours to look for
        project-patriotism–junior-rotc-students-clean-400-military-headstones#

        this will get you there

        3 years ago
    2. KC

      Wow. Thanks for sharing this Ed. What an inspiration! And yes – Happy Family Day!

      3 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte

        And I will second your “WoW” many times over KC…….what a perfect fit for a “Family Day” subject! Such solid confidence within a compassionate Mother-daughter pairing!

        3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      oh my gosh. That is amazing! To think she is only 12. When my kids were 12, they hardly ever did anything three days in a row. I think her mother deserves and award, too!

      3 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte

        Yes, the mother too, but seeing the pleasure she emanated to her daughter I thought …what I say to T.J. would be heard by both (equally) anyway. What an amazing story!

        3 years ago
  23. C
    Cliff

    I’d write a letter to the nursing assistants who supported my mother during the past 3 years at the assisted living community. My mother passed away in December from COVID. The nursing aids were truly the front line workers. They were by her side during her good days over the past three years and caring for her and supporting my brothers and I at the end. I would thank them for supporting her, making her laugh, listening to her, helping bathe her and being with all of us as she passed.

    3 years ago
    1. pkr

      Sending you love & a hug Cliff.❤️ So very sorry about your mom’s passing. May she Rest In Peace.

      3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      That is very touching, Cliff. And I’m sorry for your loss.

      3 years ago
    3. Michele

      Condolences on the loss of your mother. Thank God for caring nursing staff, palliative and hospice workers.

      3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    I suppose this sounds a bit cheesy, but I feel like I should write a letter to my country’s new president, Joe Biden. Why? Because here he was, finishing up a distinguished political career after being a US Senator for 36 years, then VP for eight years, then four years after that he decides to run for, and win, the US presidential election. Say what you will about motivation and desire, but I don’t see myself being interested in any highly intense job when I am 78 years old! “So, thank you, Mr. President, for stepping back into public service.”

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      I agree, Kevin, and I thought the same thing because I am 78 years old! I assure you, it cannot be easy for him and I think he did it out of concern for his country. Whether we write to him or not, I hope we are all praying for him.

      3 years ago
    2. Mike S

      A spirit of service. Thanks for bringing this upKevin.

      3 years ago
    3. Michele

      I 100% agree.

      3 years ago
    4. C
      Cliff

      I agree. Regardless of ones political bent, remarkable what this man accomplished and is faced with at this late stage in life. Write the letter; I’m certain he or his staff will love reading it.

      3 years ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    I could write so many! I do tend to think of my mom, though. And I have thanked her over and over through the years. I am her first-born of four, and we’ve been through everything together. She was a single mom for a while, raising me & my first sister the best she could. I thank her for the independence and hard work ethic she instilled in me. I thank her for giving me a father that loved me like I was his own, and loves her still to this day the way she deserves to be loved. I thank her for showing me not to settle, and that if you set your mind straight, life will fall into place as God intended it to. I thank her for being there for me in my dark days, not judging me, just listening to me and loving me and offering me the support I needed. I thank her for the encouragement, the courage, and the determination she passed on to me. I thank her for the laughs and the friendship we have built together. Our relationship has blossomed into this beautiful flower, and it’s such a blessing to have her for my mom.

    3 years ago
    1. A
      Ana Maria

      What a lovely post! A powerful woman in the best of ways. Bless her.

      3 years ago
  26. Howie Geib

    I would love to write a thank you letter to my body, that is such a sport and puts up with a lot of nonsense from me of late. It remains resilient and steadfast, talks back very little indeed. I will write my brother a birthday card, which always has at least a reference of gratitude. Mostly for his humor and good nature, the perfect older brother, who actually holds me in a certain incredulity. I honestly don’t know why.

    3 years ago

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