Hi all… I am writing this post because its about a project that I find both intriguing and a wonderful challenge in a sense…¬†¬†It is the ¬†brainchild of my new found¬†friend Bill… someone I just met through his wife Nancy¬†in the wonderful world of bloglandia … now normally I would give you her blog address….¬† however… knowing Nancy she would want this to be about her husband not her… she would want this to be his time to shine …his claim to fame… so in honor of that… I am going to fill you in …
Bill has started a new¬†blog where he writes about his life with Nancy… it is both funny and loving … with stories that will either make you laugh or cry….¬†what a lucky woman¬†she is to have such a sweet husband….¬† Now on this blog he also has a project in the works¬†and that is where I come in…¬†¬† I am so fascinated about this that I am devoting this post entirely to this¬†in an effort¬†to try and help him get the “stories” he needs…
Below is the post from his blog in which he explains what he is trying to do…
Hello, blogger friends! Thank you so much for visiting. I want to tell you about a writing project I’m working on that I think will interest you. I’m gathering a collection of Thank You Stories. A Thank You Story is a thank you letter written to someone who’s had a life-changing impact on you. The letter tells the story of how your life has developed because of that impact.
I plan to publish the Thank You Stories in a book, titled I Never Got to Thank You. And I would love to include your letters.
I can assure you, this will be one of the easiest things you’ll ever write. First of all, you don’t need to create a story: it’s already written. You’re living it right now. Secondly, it’s not an essay or a work of literature. It’s a personal letter. And everyone can write a letter. A Thank You Story doesn’t show off writing skills, it re-connects one heart to another with a Thank You. It’s about sharing your story, in your words, in your way.
I’d also like to tell you about my real vision for this project. I see this book as the beginning of an on-going effort, called Gathering for Giving. In the book’s final section, I’ll ask our readers to send me their own Thank You Stories. I’ll gather them into themed collections, such as letters to teachers, or neighbors, or strangers. Each collection will then become its own book. And the money raised from each book will be donated to a related organization. For example, the proceeds from a book about crisis counselors would be donated to a network of crisis centers. It seems fitting to me that a collection of Thank You Stories should result in an outpouring of life-changing resources as well as life-changing words.
So please join me! I can’t wait to read your letters. And if you have more than one, feel free to send them all. You can use my email link in the upper right corner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to my regular Loving Her Beautiful entries, I’ll post actual Thank You Stories and other writings periodically on this page, as well as project updates. So please continue to visit!
Finally, please feel free to send a link from this page to family and close friends, anyone you’re comfortable sharing this project with. And please tell them to feel free to do the same.
P.S. Remember, your letter is not directed to me: it’s directed to the person who had a life-changing impact on you. And it doesn’t have to be dramatic, just meaningful to you. For example, a letter to your 3rd grade gym teacher might read something like this:
“Dear Mrs. Thompson,
You may not remember my name, but I’ll never forget what you did for me . . . and that’s what’s going on in my life now, because of what you did. Thank you so much for believing in me.
With gratitude, Jane Student”
Last of all, be sure to read my previous post, The Visitor, for a look at the impact your Thank You Story can have on someone. Then be sure to look through the posts above this one for sample Stories and other writings . . . Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing from you soon. ~ BILL
Isnt this exciting??¬†
Now I know I have many friends who LOVE to write… love challenges …¬†¬†and who might want¬†to¬†see what they have written in a¬†book…¬† I am appealing to all of you to get the word out about this to your friends… Bill needs 100 letters by March 31st… that is only a month away… Right now he only has five… six if I send one of the few I am writing ..
How about it my friends?¬† I am sure there is someone who made a huge difference in your life… perhaps they are gone and you didnt get to thank them… or¬†perhaps you lost touch with someone and they may one day pick up this book and see that you wrote about them… how beautiful would that be to know that what they did for you was appreciated in such a way… what a fantastic way to “Pay It Forward”… Those of you who know me well¬†… know how I feel about that…
I know you all will not let me down
I am leaving this post up for at least a week and I will refer to it on additional posts until Bill gets the letters he needs
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HUGS BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL MY SWEET BUDDIES