Monday, April 24, 2006

100 Appreciation Letters

One of my favourite tasks on my 101 Tasks in 1001 Days list is writing 100 letters of appreciation. I enjoy it so much that I've decided to keep a record here of how many I've written and who I've sent them to. I will update this regularly. Hopefully 100 times!

I chose this task because I am passionate about letting people know how wonderful they are. One of the beautiful things about blogging is that the opportunity to let someone know you are touched or moved or inspired by them is built right in! Maybe that's one of the reasons that I like it so much.

One of my heroes (and I know he didn't like that term) is Leo Buscaglia. In a lecture I watched broadcast on public television he talked about a bright young woman in one of his classes who he noticed because of her smiling eyes. One day she stopped coming to class. When he asked other students about her, no one knew her name. She had taken her own life.

I want to know people's names. Now, I do I live in Toronto, so that might get overwhelming. But what I do mean is that I cherish those moments when somehow you have a magnificent, real, people-to-people connection. And I cherish that people are bold and go after their dreams, that they speak their truth, that they are who they are. I cherish when people are kind and funny and sensitive and strong. And when I cherish someone, I want them to know.

Appreciation Letters Sent:

  1. To Shauna Major to tell her how awesome it was to receive the cd that she has worked so hard on. It is so exciting to see her dream manifest.
  2. To one of my CTI examiners for sharing with me the most touching and inspiring feedback. What he said will forever be etched on my spirit and gave me huge confidence to move forward.
  3. To Kayla, the student hair stylist at the Aveda Academy who cut my hair. She was meticulous in her work and both sensitive and professional in her care of me while I was there. I also wrote to her instructor to let him know what a wonderful job Kayla did.
  4. To a woman who I may do some work with for her vision and the way that she inspired me.
  5. To the manager at Indigo on behalf of one of his employees. While I was looking at books, this man was helping a woman find items on her list. She also had many questions about what other work certain authors had been up to or what else might be interesting on a particular topic. He was so thoughtful, so polite and so kind that I was touched and felt his manager needed to know what a treasure he has working for him.

Who do you appreciate? Do they know?


Jennifer said...

What a great thing to do.
I appreciate my husband. He knows. I appreciate my father-in-law. I need to let him know somehow. Thanks for the reminder!

krista said...

Oh, that's good. I need to think about that. There are surly a few underappreciated people in my life that deserve some recognition.

Felicity said...

I think this is awesome...I do often let people know how I feel about them but because I am generally effusive, I think I overwhelm people. But I can live with that, preferable to not telling them & regretting it later.

Sacred Suzie said...

This is a beautiful idea Jamie, I know people will respond well to it. Who wouldn't be happy to know they are appreciated.

You know I remember that Leo lecture and it touched me so deeply I still think about it on a regular basis.

One way I'm appreciating people is I got a birthday list of my husband's workmates and I'm going to bake their favourite dessert on their birthday. This way they always have a little celebration just for them even though their families are far away.

Laini Taylor said...

That's a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do. People are usually so much more ready to send letters of complaint than letters of appreciation! I got an email the other day from a nonprofit who sends magazines to a school in India, and they wanted to let me know how much the kids loved my magazine cover that depicted India. It was just about the best email I've ever gotten!

la vie en rose said...

this is brilliant!! what a fabulous idea. by thanking others you are not only honoring their lives but you are choosing to see the good and perfect in them and every human needs that. bravo to you!

CreditCoach said...

I’d like to thank my parents for growing me up!