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Day 166: How to Change the World – Easy as A-B-C

I came a cross a great site this past week and wanted to share it with you. It is called The Note Project. They have a simple yet remarkable mission. To get 1,000,000 people to pledge to send a note of appreciation to someone in their life. The perfect give. I talk about all the different ways you can give in your life and this one is filled with love, it’s simple and it’s free. No donation required just a few minutes of your time.

I like to think I am pretty good at being thankful in my life but appreciating someone is another thing all together. It’s taking them by surprise in the middle of the day and appreciating what they have brought to your life. I made the pledge. I had someone very special in my life I wanted to send a note of appreciation to as she has been an on going support to me for my entire life. My note of appreciation went to my Godmother. How many of you even know who your godparents are in this day and age.

She never misses a holiday card, birthday, special occasion – you name it any small or major event going on in my life she has a card for it. I have counted on her from the day I was born and it was time she knew how much I appreciated her. I have decided to share this personal note with you in hopes to inspire you to write a note and make the pledge on The Note Project site.
A million notes could create a whole lot of warm and fuzzy’s around our world which in turn makes it a better place for us all to live. Share this with your kids it’s a great give and a great way to practice their writing!

Day 166: Give 166

I’m not sure where to start with this note but it has been inspired by a website I came across called The Note Project. They are trying to get 1,000,000 people to commit to sending one note of appreciation. That is a lot of appreciation. Their mission is not dissimilar to what I am trying to achieve with 365give. Inspiring people to be thoughtful and giving in their lives. Appreciation is a form of giving and a great way we could all practice on a regular basis.

Auntie Patti, this note is overdue and has taken me 42 years to write. There are thank you notes and there are appreciation notes. This is to make sure you realize how appreciated you have been over the course of my life time. Within the first week of my life you were asked to be my Godmother. A tradition that has been passed through generations in my family. You accepted the honour and have spent my entire life being an unending source of love and support.

I was wondering what the modern day definition of a Godparent would be as it has changed over the years. Since I love Wikipedia for their definitions I took the liberty of looking it up. “The modern view of a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development.” I’m not sure that truly describes what your role has been in my life but it is a good starting place.

Some of my fondest memories growing up were of our tradition of getting together at Christmas and for my birthday. You always had a surprise for me (and to this day you still surprise me every year even though we live an entire country apart). I still have every Christmas ornament you attached my gift. Our birthday luncheons were always a special treat. When my parents divorced at the ripe old age of 9 you were there with boxing gloves on making sure I was happy. Then I married once (a little too young) – and you supported me at every turn. Then I was divorced (a very short time later) and you still supported me at every turn. I was married again and you were there cheering me on and when we adopted our son you were my biggest cheerleader. No matter what I have done in my life, good bad and ugly you have been my greatest fan. Never a judgement, only sound advice and encouragement.

When I chose a Godmother for my son it was a tough choice. How could anyone be the Godparent you have been to me. You are my family, you are my rock and you have brought so much love to my life I don’t know where to start in showing my appreciation. Thank you will never be enough but I do hope you know that the world is a better place because you are in it. I am a better person for having you in my life from the day I was born and my son will be a better person as I will share with him the love you have shared with me.

I love you from the bottom of my heart and I appreciate every time you have thought of me and loved me in my life time.

With love I will never be able to express in words,

Jacqueline xoxo

Time Commitment: 15 minutes
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