Some people just have a way of giving us a much-needed lift. They make our lives brighter or our hearts lighter---but we don’t always get a chance to stop and let them know how much we appreciate them.
Did someone walk you home from school when you were little? Who sat up with you all night when you were sick? Who taught you how to catch a fish, or ride a bike, or write a paper, or carry a tune?
Who knew you way back when? Who taught you how to kiss with your eyes closed? Who believed in you before you believed in yourself? Who gave you your first break, or bet on your dream, or told you how good you could really be?
Looking back, who was the most amazing neighbor, teacher, doctor, camp counselor, coach or minister to ever come into your life? And what about the special people who are with you on your journey today? Someone always keeps the lamp of friendship lit, or the home fires burning, or lends you an ear, or writes the eulogy, or bakes the cake, or makes you laugh until your sides ache, or tells you they care and mean it.
These people have meant the world to you at one time or another. Today, a personal note or thank you card from you---out of the blue---would mean the world to them.
Looking back on my own life so far, I realize that some of the people who were so good to me are gone now. Did I thank them? I hope so, I meant to. Yesterday is gone forever, but today is a great day for all of us to stop and just say a simple heartfelt thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives.