60 Letters of Gratitude: My Personal Graduation Challenge
In his book The One Thing, Gary Keller reports that it takes an average of 66 days to create a new habit. I officially have 60 days until I graduate with my Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Arizona State University. More than anything, I am ready to be done. I have been finding it hard to be excited about finishing because, well, I never really cared about the degree. I just like to learn, however; I have created a challenge to remind myself that I should be grateful and excited to graduate. Every day, for the next 60 days, I will write and post a letter of gratitude to someone who in some way, big or small, had a contribution to my successful completion of this degree.
I hope to develop the habit of not only writing and posting every day but also of living in a state of gratefulness. I know that it will be difficult but not impossible. Some letters may be long. Some may be short. The letters will be in no particular order of importance. In fact, being the nerd that I am I will assign the names to a number and use a random number generator to determine who I write about daily.
I believe that it takes a village to raise a child. I am very aware of my village and want to acknowledge them for the work they have done whether they realize it or not. I do not imagine that anyone should be angry for me using their name yet I am not naïve so I will not use last names. Should anyone decide to sue me for showing them appreciation, I will say a prayer. Everything that I write comes from a place of love. I pray that it is received in love as well.
So here we go.
Dear Miss Shirley,
Thank you for teaching me to speak up for myself and not take any nonsense from anyone. I appreciate that you were always honest with me. I know that if I am going to be around you my cheeks will be hurting from smiling and laughing so much because you are hilarious. You always reminded me that I am smart and beautiful. I needed to hear that, thank you. You gave me many comebacks to respond to the people who hated on me with. I have never used them but sometimes I hear your voice in my head. I am glad I met your son at church camp and I had the opportunity to learn so much from such a wonderful woman as you. I pray for your well-being and hope that you live a peaceful life. Thank you for contributing to my growth as a woman here on this earth.
I think if you make the heart green they give you a cookie.
I could be wrong. =]
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