Take time to appreciate

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

Two days ago, after reading an article in the magazine On Wisconsin about Little Free Libraries, I sent the editor Niki Denison an email to thank him for the interesting and inspiring article.

Mr. Denison responded my email and said: “Thank you for your recent letter to the editors of On Wisconsin in response to our article about Little Free Libraries. We always appreciate hearing from our readers, whether they compliment, criticize, or simply share their observations, because it provides us with valuable feedback. We’d like to consider running your letter in the next available issue, and we’re so happy to hear that you have been inspired to create your own Little Free Library! Good luck with the project, and thanks again for taking the time to write.”

I am thankful that I took the time to write this time. I know readers’ comments and feedback are invaluable to writers and editors. The comments and thank-you notes not only provide great feedback, they also provide great encouragement. People feel better when their work is valued and appreciated.

There were times when I wanted to write to the editor after reading an interesting article. I would save the article, meant to write the comment, but never took the time to actually do it. Soon the time flies by and it’s too late to comment.

I am also thankful that Mr. Denison took the time to write back as well. By showing his feedback and appreciation, he greatly encouraged me to do this again, to take time to write to editors and to show my appreciation.

During this holiday season, please take time to write a letter/card/email to someone whom you are thankful for.

A kind word will surely make someone’s day, it could also change someone’s life.

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