If the only prayer you ever say is “Thank you” it will be enough. Meister Eckhart
We all know that expressing gratitude for what we have in our life changes our life for the better. What if we could deepen that gratitude? What if we started looking at the people in our lives and really expressed how grateful we are that they are in our lives? How would that change our life?
So today I am going to share with you some open letters to some important people in my life. You might want to consider writing some too.
Dear Mrs Baker ( she was my Form Two teacher)
Thank you so much for what you taught me about life. Thank you for taking a class of twelve-year-old kids and accepting them for who they are and showing them who they could become. Thank you teaching us to respect each other and care about each other.
There were so many lesson in your class that have stuck in my memory. You taught us values and humanity, yet you never preached to us at all. You treated us like we were adults when we were still in the last throes of being kids.
I remember how you helped me to accept myself for the gangly , skinny kid that I was and to see the potential of who I was still to become.
You were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I wish I could meet you one more time to tell you “Thank you for being part of my life” Much Love Caitlin
Dear Brent ( my ex husband)
I would like to take the time to thank you for all the lessons I have learned from having you in my life. I learned how to stick up for myself because you can’t always count on others to do that for you and I am grateful for that.
I learned that one person in a relationship always needs to be responsible and it’s not always fun and you don’t get to be the good guy but it needs to be done. This helped me when I moved out on my own with the kids because now it was just me and them and I still had to be responsible. Thank you for that.
I am so incredibly grateful for our three sons and even though the last was an unexpected surprise with unbelievably bad timing, I am the most grateful for him. Thank you for all the financial support you gave us over the years and for never making it a battle. It has made it so much easier for me to ask for money now which is something I would never have done in the past. Thank you for all the time you took the kids on holidays. It gave me a welcome breathing space to be my own person again, even if just briefly.
Thank you for making it easy to still like you after all we have been through. It probably helps that we seldom see each other (LOL!). Thank you for respecting me as a mother and as the person who has raised our boys. Thank you for teaching them to respect Rob as this gave them an easier time sorting out their relationships with him.
Thank you for still being a part of my life.
Dear Mum and Dad,
Thank you for all the lessons that you taught me, intentional and unintentionally. Thank you for inspiring me to be a different kind of parent. Thank you for teaching me how to be independent and resilient. Thank you for showing me that there is always more going on within a person than you realise and to treat them with love regardless. Thank you for helping me to grow into the amazing woman that I am today, surrounded by the most loving and supportive friends in the world and blessed with a true spiritual family. Thank you for helping me realise that the family we are born into are our greatest teachers from whom we learn our greatest lessons.
Dear Rob, Thank you for finding me and not letting me go. Thank you for growing with me, through thick and thin. Thank you for accepting me exactly as I am, not how you think I should be. Thank you for sharing my life with me. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to me and my children as we have grown together. thank you for always believing in me and what I am trying to do with my life. Thank you for being you. I love you with all my heart
Writing these letters has given me inspiration to write even more letters. why? Because there are so many people who have been in my life that I am grateful for. People that I have never thanked enough, authors whose books have made a huge impact on my life, friends that have always been there for me. Do I need to post all these letters.? No, not really. If I can find the address, then sure, why not? It is enough for me to express that gratitude to the Universe and who knows on a cosmic level, maybe they will reach who they need to.
Thank you taking the time to read my blog. Thank you for inspiring me to write. Thank you for being you.