Haha, so the title may throw you off a bit, but don’t worry, I’ll clarify soon enough. This post ties in to my last one: Give Thanks. The other end of the give thanks deal is receiving thanks. You know that email or facebook message, or tweet reply, etc. that comes around every so often and really makes your day? The one where a person you care about (or maybe one you never even knew you affected) sends you a quick message, that may not have taken longer than 5 minutes to craft.
It goes something like this: Barrett, thank you so much for all of your time and effort in this endeavor. It means the world that you are willing to commit so much of your energy to making the place better. Keep it up, because whether or not you know it, you are making a difference.
I’ve never received that exact message, but I am lucky enough to have been the recipient of a couple similar notes. They are very few, and even farther between. Which makes sense, going back to the give thanks thing – although it is simple and takes very little time, it has to come from the heart, and it does take sitting down and doing it.
I got one of those messages today from someone whom I admire greatly. It made my day. You know what I’m going to do with it? I’m going to print it, and I’m going to include it in my feel-good stash.
Ok, ok I’ll answer the big question: what in the world is a feel-good stash? No, its not the twinkies (or Last Resort’s cheesecake counter), it’s your personal collection of messages that you have received from others (or found). The great part is, its yours! Get creative. Make a bulletin board, dedicate a wall to it (and keep the thumb tack companies in business single-handedly), put a file in your filing cabinet. Go out on the world wide web and find quotes that you love, pictures that inspire you, or write something yourself. And then put all of the notes, and quotes, and pictures, and inspiration that you can find in one place – your feel-good stash.
You know those days when it seems like the world is determined to get you down? The one where you had a hard time in class, your friends are all busy, your significant other has a meeting, and your mom won’t pick up the phone? Go to the feel-good stash and read some of those things that show how much you mean to people and get inspired. Maybe sulk around for a couple minutes more, and then realize that day may be a bit harder than others, but you’re still the recipient of those kind words. So go make a difference.
(PS: I have to give thanks to T.W. Cauthen for his planting this idea in my head somewhere along the way. Man is it a good one.)