If I gave you ten seconds to use however you wish, what would you choose?  On one hand, you may think, that’s not enough time, why even bother?  On the other hand, you might just think about a few things that could fit in that extremely small window.


  • Jog in place
  • Do some jumping jacks
  • Apply hand lotion
  • Truly savor a sip of coffee, cocoa, whisky or wine
  • Say a prayer
  • Send an “I love you” or “Thinking of you” text
  • Follow the instructions of Mr. Rogers

In 1997, Mr. Rogers gave an acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards.  In his soft-spoken, eloquent way, he reminded the audience and viewers of the importance of taking time to remember and thank the people who have helped us to get where we are.  He graciously remained silent and counted down the time so that people could pause for a moment of reflection.

It’s vitally important to take time to reflect and honor our family, friends, coworkers, and even random acquaintances who have helped us along the way.  And yes, we should even take time to thank those who gave us challenges, grief, anger and sadness.  Because of these people, we learn much about our own hearts and minds.  We can’t control their behaviors, but we learn how to respond and control our own actions and emotions. We learn who we don’t want to become.

If you keep a gratitude journal, remember to thank ALL people who have crossed our paths.  If you are going to start keeping one in 2019, I’ve just given you a great idea on how to begin. 🙂

When your spend your ten or twenty seconds or even a few minutes of reflection, if someone truly had a positive impact on your life, why not write them a letter or note to personally thank them for their influence. If they are no longer living, perhaps write a note to one of their family members (if possible).  I’m certain anyone will be pleasantly surprised and grateful to know how they touched another person.  Even the most humble human likes to know they made a difference.

You may recall earlier in the year, I wrote a post about resurrecting the art of the written letter.  If you didn’t read it, or don’t remember the article, check it out here.

You have 33 more days in 2018 to accept this challenge.  As we enter the holiday season and reflect on our blessings, why not finish out the year by writing a heart-felt card or letter to someone you helped you become the beautiful person you are today.

Let’s all take 10 seconds each day to reflect, honor and thank a special person in our lives. Living in gratitude brings abundant blessings to our lives!