I wanted to pop in and tell you how fulfilling and rewarding this month has been, thanks to a certain life list item I’ve been focusing on (with Jack Cards* — thanks again, guys!):
After sending out twenty thank you notes to my favorite former teachers, I honestly thought there would be radio silence for a good few months. And then? Maybe I’d hear back from a few.
Instead, I was amazed at my overflowing mailbox this past week. A dozen notes from my former teachers, thanking me for my note, as well as keeping me up to date with their latest adventures. Many are retired and loved hearing from me (and love hearing from all former students, that is). But one note struck me in particular:
Your letter couldn’t have come at a better time… I had a chat with my good friend about teaching this past week. Teaching has changed so much… We contemplated submitting early retirement out of sheer frustration. Parents, administration and students are often failing to work together…It has nearly diminished to our enthusiasm and love for teaching. You, Erin, have reminded me why I began teaching. We’re changing lives (for the better, I hope!). I’m so grateful for that reminder.
Thank you, Erin. You should be very proud of who you’ve become. I know I’m very proud to call you my former student.
I absolutely cried when I read this note. I left out a few parts, but I think the message is clear: gratitude is a necessary practice in our daily lives. Let’s continue thanking each other for things (both big and small!) and acknowledging this game called life. We’re in it together, yes?
Go forth and thank.
*Full disclosure: Jack Cards provided the thank you cards I’ve sent to my former teachers. Huge thanks to this innovative company!