We always think that it’s important to start the New Year on a new note. Our CEO Lauren Marrus shares a few of her thoughts from Bob Greene’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of making a meaningful resolution for the New Year.
Over the holidays I had lots of time to relax with my family and read books, magazines and lots of newspapers. On December 29th as I was trying to come up with a meaningful resolution – beyond the usual – I found Bob Greene’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Greene discusses the value to be found in generosity of spirit and quotes frequently from a speech made by Chief Justice John Roberts at his son’s ninth grade graduation. Worth repeating here, I am quoting directly from the speech.
Chief Justice Roberts says, “Once a week, you should write a note to someone. Not an email. A note on a piece of paper. It will take you exactly 10 minutes.”
He goes on to say that if you do this, for 10 months, “40 people will feel a little more special because you did, and they will think you are very special because of what you did”.
Many of us already practice this habit – a quick note after a dinner party; a thank you for the business meeting; and a sympathy note all too frequently. What if we all added in a few more notes to make those around us feel just a little more special? I, for one, wouldn’t mind feeling just a little bit special every now and then.