Spiritual Discipline: Thank -You Cards
Doing anything like what I am doing in Detroit is never a solo effort. A whole host of things had to happen to even put me in a position to be offered this job much less for me to be able to drop everything and move here six weeks later. A work like this takes a village
I spent most of my day writing thank you cards. For me, thank you cards are a task. I don’t like saying thank you over and over again. Not because I am ungrateful but because it somehow feels disingenuous. I also worry that somehow my friends will all come together and compare cards and realize that each of them was essentially the same, and thus think that they aren’t genuine.
Of course these fears are stupid. My friends will understand that I have only been here a day so there is not a whole lot to report. And just because I write cards to a dozen people doesn’t mean that I mean it any more the first time than I do the last time. I am thankful.
Similarly I know that some of my friends really wish that they could be here doing similar things, but due to different life circumstances, just can’t. I know several have said they are just going to live vicariously through my work. So, this way I can fill them in on the things that are going on here and let them know what they are helping to support.
So, back to the cards. I know that through this I am learning to show gratitude in other ways than my words. I also realize that keeping my community informed of the work that they are helping to do is important. Though it may be draining sometimes, I will continue to show gratitude and carry on.