Today's To-Do: Make a Thanksgiving call to one important person you knew growing up.

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. Choose one influential person you knew growing up. This could be a mentor, a teacher, a close friend, or a pastor. Last month, you wrote a letter to one of your heroes. Today is an opportunity to reach out to someone else with a phone call.

Reflect for a few seconds on your childhood. Think about some of the key individuals playing a positive role in your story.

Now, answer these two questions:

  1. Who is the first person I thought about?
  2. Do I have his or her phone number?

If you have a name for question one and a number for question two, you're ready to pick up the phone. If you don't have an answer for question one, do some deeper reflection. If you don't have the person's number, don't give up. Think of a different person. By the end of today you'll have exercised your gratitude muscle and encouraged someone.

When you make this call, you might get voicemail. If so, here's a script you can use:

"Hey <<name of the person you're calling>>. This is <<your name>>. I was thinking about you today and wanted to simply call you to tell you how thankful I am for you. I know it's been a while since we talked, but I was thinking about influential people from my childhood and wanted to tell you thank you for <<briefly state how they influenced you growing up>>. I am who I am today thanks in part to your influence. No need to call me back. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you. Happy Thanksgiving."

If you get the person on the phone, you can use the script above more conversationally.

Happy Thanksgiving (and happy calling)!

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