Monday, February 18, 2008

I Never Got to Thank You

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,

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


  1. This is such a wonderful idea. I'm going to do a post on it on my blog tonight to help get the word out. My good friend just lost her mother suddenly this past weekend - her mother had written her a letter years ago when my friend graduated from college - it is a wonderful letter and one of the sources of comfort at a difficult time. Letters are a wonderful legacy and taking the time to thank someone is so important - life is so fragile.

  2. I am intrigued by this project of yours... there are so many people I didnt get to thank.. what a wonderful way for me to do that now..

    I will do a post in the next week or so about this and I will have some letters for you soon

    Thank you for this


  3. Good luck with your project Bill.
    You will have my story soon.

  4. Hi Bill,
    Just popped by to let you know we're working... and I've passed it along to a close friend as well.

    Wonderful to be a part of this lovely project of yours.

    Tracie and Shayne

  5. What a wonderful idea Bill...thank you for sharing that concept with bloglandia ~ Janet~

  6. thanks for finding my thank you note.

  7. I just submitted a story! It's a lovely idea!

  8. Hi Bill:

    I just spotlighted this project in a post. Now, it's time to write a thank-you letter!


  9. I wrote a thank you to my best friend on my blog post today. Someone left me a comment referring me to your blog.

    It is my post for March 28.

  10. What a gorgeous idea. I must think about this, I would love to participate. Karen

  11. Bill, I'm absolutely in love with this idea! I'm sending you a separate email in reply to yours. I really think your undertaking is something amazing. Godspeed, Monica

  12. Hi Bill!
    I just read about the book you are going to do and I will write a thank you for it and send it to you. What an incredible project! I'm excited to add to it!!
    Hugs, Sherry

  13. Bill! I'm completely new to blogging but stumbled across your wife's site and then yours. This is a most creative and thought/full idea. I'd like to contribute when I can. Greetings from the land of oz.

  14. Love this project.This is something I am comfortable with,and cannot wait to read other's stories. Such an important thing,thanking someone who you were blessed to know and learn from. I will do it and pass it on via my blog as well.

  15. I'm game. It's late and I'm sleepy, but I'll be sure to send you at least one Thank You before the weekend is through.

    May you have great success with this project. :)

  16. Im going to link you to my blog if thats okay and I have a letter for you I will send it later .

    great idea look forward to sending it to you .
    from sesga xx


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