OBSERVATION: Expressing Appreciation — Why is it that so many of us wait until it is too late to experience and express real gratitude to those who gave us the gifts of love, wisdom, and encouragement?

Why do we wait to put our deepest emotions into eulogies? Everyone should have the pleasure of hearing the eulogies they have earned. The greatest gift you can give someone you love is to express sincerely your appreciation for the things that they have given you. It might be a parent, grandparent, brother or sister. Maybe it’s a teacher, coach or friend. While they are still alive, write them a letter thanking them for what they have given you. The more specific and explicit the better. Don’t just say “thank you.” List and describe at least five things they said or did or times you spend together that you treasure and will not forget. I promise you they will cherish this letter forever and think about it often.

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