the mirror inside our minds – gratitude is the memory of our hearts…

from my US-inbox… ❤ – I. was my student @ UHCL(University of Houston–Clear Lake).

Dear Melanie,

It’s hard to put into words what I feel, because they seem so inadequate to express my gratitude. How can I ever thank you for your precious hours of understanding you’ve given to me? I remember our long talks, the ways you’ve supported me so many times, how you’ve often taken time to listen to me. You not only listened all those times when I was hurt or desperate, excited or glad, when I felt as though my world was falling into pieces, you encouraged me whenever I cried, you soothed my frustrations, and you were more proud of me than I was of myself. Somehow, your presence made my happy days even brighter, and brought me a sweetness even to the saddest and difficult moments of my existence. Your support, understanding and devotion are still stronger than the memory of my pain. Memories are extremely private things, a personal ‘treasure storehouse’ of joys and sorrows. I simply can’t put a ‘price’ on what that meant to me. You offered me your keen attention and generosity – with no thought of ‘reward’. You’ve taught me just what being a true friend is all about, and I could only pass this priceless gift along, both to you and to other folks around me. Pride and embarrassment aren’t so different from each other – they’re both self-conscious.

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Thankfulness turns us outward, however, it takes the focus off ourselves. It allows us to reach out and accept what’s given to us – simply, honestly, humbly. I do believe the truest friendship is built upon simple and honest bases. Looking back on my life, I realize that you’ve woven into all my best memories. I’m so grateful for you’ve made a difference in my life and in the end, all I can say is THANK YOU, you mean so much to me. I know that I’ve changed and that you’ve helped me ‘grow’, to become the person I like being. Accept my thoughts for sincere thanks, they are more powerful than any words. My gratitude has leapt up in my heart and it’s turned to be real friendship. In spite of the geographical distance, we’ve always been near each other, our friendship deepens the present and it will illuminate the future. Thank you so much for all you’ve given me! I’ll never forget what you’ve meant to me these past years because you’re so easy to remember, Melanie! As this year is almost gone, I wish you happy holidays! See you soon! Love and hugs, I
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P.S. the word “thank” comes from the same old English that means “to think” and the Latin word for “thought”; perhaps those long-ago people who shaped the English language understood that the external acts of others could also shape our thoughts even more than they do our outer lives… 🙂 kindness is supposed to make our exterior lives easier and brighter, it can change our interior thoughts… whenever others express their love and care for us in actions, our thoughts dwell upon them, they become gentler, more vulnerable, more open to the love and care from others… our mind is like an internal mirror that reflects the outside world: whenever other folks shape our world with love, patience, generosity, tolerance and kindness, our interior reflection is changed, as well… THE only words we have to express these thoughts are: THANK YOU! 🙂


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Posted on 20 December 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. This is such a beautiful letter Melanie. Thank you so much for sharing. It shows that we can make a difference in people’s lives with the friendship that we give.

  2. That is a very powerful letter of gratitude, Melanie. It shows how much an impact you have had on someone’s life, an impact that has brought help and advice to someone who treasures your friendship immensley. Emu

  3. One never knows how impactful our words are. True, we may have a good idea but it is rare when someone is both brave and honest enough to tell us. This is a much prized gift, Melanie. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Lovely words… Gratitude has such power!

  5. Le meilleur compliment qu’un enseignant puisse recevoir. J’aime aussi l’analyse du mot “Thank” que je trouve souvent meilleur que “Merci.” A plus tard, Mélanie.

  6. Merci… Ce doit être l’expérience ultime pour une personne, amie, enseignante… Vous êtes une très belle personne…

  7. I had luck to find a wonderful (and real) friend in the important moments. The etymology of “thanks” makes me think that one cannot say thank you without a thought truly in it, and not like a reflex.

  8. What a wonderful recognition of you and of the meaning of gratitude and growth. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Very nice thoughts and words to remember.

  10. I love these kind of bonds… great derivation for thank, makes total sense. I hope that every person has at least one friend like this in their life. This must have made your day.

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