It seems my last couple Random Notes of Gratitude have been a little less random and a lot more directed. No matter, it still feels really good to send gratitude out. This note is making its way to a woman named Marianne who I have had the pleasure of meeting this past month. As much as it is a specific thank you for her, it is a general and random thank you for all of the incredible men and women who do the jobs that are so important in our society, but so often overlooked. To social workers, medical professionals, teachers, etc., everywhere, you make a difference and you have my heartfelt gratitude.
I usually reserve my weekly Random Notes of Gratitude for individuals that I don’t know but I would be remiss if I didn’t send some gratitude your way. Though I don’t know you well, I have been most impressed with your kindness and compassion and especially the grace with which you have helped my grandma (and my family) begin to navigate some important and overwhelming decisions regarding how she wants the rest of her life to look. I often think we give our praise and adoration to all the wrong people – movie stars, athletes, and politicians. They aren’t entirely without their virtues, but there are so many individuals doing such important work that never receive the recognition they deserve. You are one of those individuals Marianne! So, for showing up and being you each and every day and for truly making an important difference in the lives of individuals whose lives are so uncertain, I send you my heartfelt thanks. Wishing you all the best in 2015!