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A Thank You Goes a Long Way

Posted on 27 November, 2019 at 4:40



Let me tell you a story.


A woman has a painting which was created for and given to her late father.


Enjoyed during his lifetime, the painting continued to give the woman pleasure after his death, for itself and for the family link.


After a few years, the woman decided the get the painting reframed, to suit her new home and to give the painting a longer life. This made her think about the artist, so she Googled him. Luckily, he was still alive so she wrote to him, to thank him for the joy the painting has given; she included a photo in its’ newly reframed state.


A few weeks later, the artist phoned her. He was delighted to see his painting and to find out it was still much loved.


The woman was delighted to hear the full story of how the painting came into being, instead of the sketchy details which had been passed down. Between them, they shared stories of the man for whom it was painted - a friend to one, a father to the other.


Both went away from the call having shared some lovely memories and happy to have enjoyed the glow of gratitude, as receiver and giver. (It is lovely to receive a letter of thanks out of the blue and just as lovely to write one.)


So, who could you write a thank you letter to today?

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