Writing thank-you notes and cards are usually reserved for big life events. But this Texas father has decided to do something different and write five thank-you notes a day for the next year to show people how much they are appreciated.
John Israel, 33, started “The Year of Thank You” on October 10, 2016. He told ABC News earlier this week that he’s almost completed his 200th day of his year long challenge. And once he finishes it, he would have hand-written roughly 1,825 notes. It sounds like a lot, but to Israel its become part of his daily routine and something he believes is an act of service.
On Israel’s website, the gifted salesman explains his main mission for this project is to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet. So over the past six months, the Cutco Cutlery employee has worked hard at doing this by sending sweet short notes to former teachers, waitresses and pilots as well as leaving little ones in his old suits that he has decided to donate to his local Goodwill. A decision he made, so he could just tell the person picking up “thank you for picking this up, and I hope it serves you well.”
The man also added in that, “part of the experience that’s been really fun to explore is trying to bring gratitude to really uncomfortable experiences or something I don’t want to do.” So on a daily basis, Israel spends about 1.5 hours hand-writing all five notes. And as of now, he believes it truly is paying off. In his Plano, Texas home, the father of two has posted the 20 thank-you note responses he’s received and has shared it on his website as well.
In the interview with ABC, Israel also said that, “It’s not always, ‘Hey, thanks for that thing you did.’” “Sometimes, it’s just acknowledging people for who they are.” Overall, he said that,“all these really cool experiences that have totally filled me with a lot of love.”
“Sometimes, it’s just acknowledging people for who they are.”
Once he's reached his goal, John Israel will have… https://t.co/90xIDLaQDF
— Matt Franklin (@MattF810) April 17, 2017
To follow Israel’s thank-you note journey, check out his blog.
(H/T: ABC News)
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