Saying the Words While They Make a Difference

by Suzanne on October 17, 2012

Last week I was talking to a very dear friend about a challenge she is going through.  Suddenly I saw I opportunity to tell her how grateful I am and what it means to me to have her in my life.  I just blurted it out.

“I want you to know and truly understand how much I love and respect you.” 

But I didn’t stop there.  I offered specific instances where she had changed my life, or had been instrumental in helping me discover who I am.

What I didn’t expect was the emotion that overcame her upon hearing my thanks.  She cried as she thanked me for telling her the impact her example has had on me.

Why hadn’t I told her before that without her gentle guidance, her friendship and her “got your back” attitude, I would not have made some of the decisions that have brought me to this place in my life?  I would have chickened out.  I would have stayed in my comfort zone.

But she was there.  Standing beside me, getting behind me and pushing when that was the right action.  Reminding me that I’m strong, smart, intuitive and capable of doing anything I set my mind to accomplish.

I won’t be guilty of keeping my thanks and respect to myself any longer.  Family and friends deserve to hear how we value them.  Now.  While they can absorb that love and appreciation into their very being.  Before we speak those words with our hand resting upon that person’s final resting place.

Is there someone you can thank today for helping you shape and create your beautiful life?  Share why you are grateful for these people in your life in the comments.

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