Project Thank You – Simple Acts of Encouragement & Gratitude

In the middle of the night last week, literally, Project Thank You was “born.”  My immediate family on the west coast was experiencing the “COVID-19 life” with a middle of the night trip to the ER (all is well now).  While I sat on the couch supporting them, I was doing a lot of email answering and thinking….
This pandemic experience is new for all of us, something we likely thought we would never experience.  None of us really know what “normal” will look like when the time comes.  So, let’s find the light!  What is something that won’t change?  What is something that existed in the past, exists in the now and will exist in the future?  I can think of many things, but one in particular has been top of mind, that is, simply, gratitude.
It doesn’t feel good to wonder about COVID-19 and how it will affect us, it doesn’t feel good to tell many of you that you cannot come to the office, it doesn’t feel good to leave supplies outside in a bin for pick up…you get my drift!  Yuck!  Through all of this, and the myriad of other things that feel new and weird about this pandemic, I want you to know that each and every one of you are appreciated for who you are and what you do.  Whether you are out seeing patients that need you, whether you are in the office doing daily responsibilities or whether you are at home doing daily responsibilities – what you do matters.  I, and many others, appreciate you.
Thus….Project Thank You  (for lack of a better name, and please forgive me if the name is already in use 🙏 I did not research it.)
There are many ways to say thank you.  Some of my favorites are good old fashion notes, meaningful quotes, fun photos, or some scribbles from a munchkin…all things that bring smiles and warm hearts!  My hope is to put a smile on your face and for you to feel appreciated.  Attached you will find some fantastic artwork from Xander’s school, I will share them a few at a time.  I mean…those faces, they make my heart melt!  The other photo attached, well, that is what I found in my mailbox this week.  A mailbox FULL of notes and cards of appreciation ready to be shared with YOU 😎.   Many of these notes and drawings are from people who don’t know you personally, but care about what you are doing. 😇
I will be dispersing the notes to you, I encourage you to keep them and look at them often. I also really encourage you to spread Project Thank You.  Leave your buddy a note on their car, send them an email, wave to your neighbor, FaceTime your family and friends, put kudos in for a co-worker…the list goes on.  
With Gratitude, 
Let’s create a virus of light….
Marissa Brink, MSN, RN
CareGivers America Home Health


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