For many years, I would make a list just a few days before Thanksgiving. It was my call list — five people who I was especially thankful for. A few rules. No one could be on the list more than once every five years. No immediate family. (Theoretically I tell these people nice things on at least a semi-annual basis.)
On Thanksgiving morning, I would make the calls. I thought for a while they were really touched. Then I realized that they were just trying to figure out why anyone in their right mind would be interrupting someone else’s Thanksgiving.
So, the calls stopped.
I still make the list. I can’t help it.
I have so many people to be thankful for. If I live to be 80, I’ll have 135 more opportunities. Of course, some will be repeats — with the 5 year rule and all.
But think about what would happen if I could truly convey to 135 people their true value to me. I would be blessed.