"Fan mail from some flounder?" A one liner from my youth that never fails to bring a smile to my face. It also serves as a reminder that messages do matter - especially ones of gratitude. Take time out today to write a thank you note to a friend, a neighbor, a care provider, a local merchant, the guys at Les Schwab or a clerk at the grocery store. You don't have to float your note in a bottle but putting pen to paper definitely adds energy to your words. Be yourself. Be sincere. A few lines will suffice. Drop your card in the mail, leave it on the counter, slip it under a door - whatever the case may be. Just make it happen. In a sea of nasty media and dismissive texts and emails, never underestimate the power of sharing your appreciation. Let people know you see them. That they matter. Expressing our gratitude can and does shift our world. One caveat: always say thank you without any expectation of something in return. Attaching an outcome is like letting all the air out of the tires before taking a road trip.
Note: 'The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends' aired from 1959 to 1964. After reading the rest of this issue, come back and click on the image to hear the characters. I can see you smiling from here.