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By janabozeman

Confession...

It has been a month since I have sent a Random Note of Gratitude. To be completely honest, it's not the first time it has happened in my almost three years of working on this project. After missing a week or two in the past however, I always felt compelled to make my notes up and back date them. But this time around, I just want to come clean with it.! I'm pleased to report that the world didn't end because four Random Notes of Gratitude didn't go out in the world. Instead, planet Earth kept spinning around the sun and I honored the fact that I needed a break. It has been a challenging month and it's a hectic time of year - the perfect time to conjure up some gratitude if ever there was one - but I didn't feel like it.  

Instead, I have been thinking a lot about what I want Random Notes of Gratitude to look like moving forward. I'm not sure what that is yet, I just needed the space to ruminate. Ultimately, I guess it doesn't have to look like anything, In addition to tickling my quirky fancy, the simple act of sending out notes to strangers engages my creativity, my heart, and my humanity.  I would like to think that my notes make a difference and brighten someone else's day and that sharing them inspires others to spread Random Gratitude in their lives, but honestly, writing them brightens my day and inspires me to live my best life, and that to me, is the most important reason to send them.

Admittedly, an unusual intro for me...there may be more to come in the future! For now I would like to share the Random Note of Gratitude that I wrote today. It is being sent to a woman in Lakewood, California that is a stranger to me, but who knew my grandparents once upon a time. I have been spending a lot of time with my grandma the past several months and she has mentioned Dorie and Chuck with great fondness on numerous occasions. When Dorie's Christmas Card came in the mail, just as it has every year for probably three decades, I knew it was time to put pen to paper once again. 

Thanks to all of you who have supported me in this little adventure.  May you have a wonderful holiday season however it is you celebrate. We really do have a lot to be grateful for - collectively and individually - and I hope we will all be brave enough  to share our light  with others.

Random Note of Gratitude #139 to Dorie in California

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Dear Dorie,

I have been sending out these Random Notes of Gratitude for close to three years now. Typically, I send them to someone I don’t know, thanking them for being who they are. Perhaps I am naïve or idealistic, but despite all the ugliness in the world, I truly believe that we are all more alike than we are different, that our time here is important, and that we all have the ability to create a beautiful, rich story. I don’t know you personally Dorie, but my grandma Carita Eggers does. I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her the past several months and she has often spoken fondly of you, Chuck, and your family. If nothing else, the fact that you have sent a yearly Christmas card for the past several decades is worthy of some Random Gratitude. But the motivation behind the act itself is what touches me deeply and speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Thank you for being a wonderful friend and support to my grandma and late grandpa and for staying in touch all these years. And thanks also for being an incredible wife, mom, daughter, and friend to all those that you know…thank you for making your own beautiful story Dorie. I might not know you, but you have done your part to make this world a better place and for that you have my gratitude. I was so sorry to hear that your husband passed this year, but have no doubt you have an amazing family and support system. You will be in my thoughts this holiday season and I truly wish you all the best and lots of love.

With gratitude,
Jana

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