Thank You God I am Grateful
I'm amazed and humbled by the spreading of my "Thank You God I Am Grateful" wristbands. Irene W. from Arlington, Texas wrote to me and said she was ordering more wristbands this year and her daughter is never without hers on. Last year, just before Christmas, Irene bought her daughter and her daughter's unit in Iraq wristbands after a mortar narrowly missed them on their base. Irene says she and her daughter and the unit in Iraq never take it off. They wear the "Thank You God I Am Grateful" wristband as a reminder of God's grace and protection.
Ten years ago today millions of people started their day like any other day. What looked like a beautiful day turned out to be one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States. The face of hate rose with the black smoke and flames coming from the twin towers. And while that hate caused so much pain and sorrow for so many and a lasting sorrow that some will live with all their days -- Love rose out of the ashes. Love from people helping people, rescuing others, comforting others. No matter what color, faith or orientation -- Love rose. Thank You God I Am Grateful
I pray that all of us remember the love that we had for one another and do our best to practice that love. Let us all continue to raise the spirit of love for one another regardless of color, faith or orientation. .
As I look at my wrist and read the words Thank You God I Am Grateful -- I am reminded on why I created this wristband, it's to remember to find the good, see the light, and not to dwell in the ashes.
While making my regular Saturday trip to the post office to mail out "Thank You God I Am Grateful" wristbands. I noticed a homeless man standing outside the door. I had two large packages and just enough cash on me to mail them both. The man asked me if he could carry my packages. I told him I was ok and that I appreciated his offer, and would like to pay him for his help, however I didn't have any extra cash on me. I told him I was fine to carry the packages alone. He insisted on trying to help me and told me that it was ok if I didn't have anything to give to him. When he saw I was managing just fine, he then said, "let me at least open the door for you." Which he did.
Once I paid for the packages, I had one dollar left over. When I left the post office, I gave the dollar to the man. It was very cold outside, with lots of snow and he had many layers of old clothes on. He hair wasn't combed, he had only a few teeth, but he had beautiful, kind eyes. He thanked me and said "God bless you", and he was sincerely grateful. What impressed me the most about him was his willingness to still help me, once I told him I didn't have any extra money on me for his efforts. He still reached out to help. When I got back into my car, I noticed my briefcase was still in the car from work the night before. I keep an emergency $20.00 bill in the case. I reached into my briefcase, grabbed the $20-bucks and walked back to the man and gave it to him. I told him I didn't realize I had this with me and he was so thrilled.
Fast forward to one week later. This past Saturday. I make my trip to the post office and I see my homeless friend there standing by the door. I was so touched by his kindness and gratitude last week, that I had money out ready to give to him this time. I said hello, and handed him the money. He was grateful and then said... "I wanted to thank you for what you did for me last weekend." He said, "I had a great weekend, I had a nice meal and I was able to give a friend on the streets $2.00 that she needed. Here was someone that gave to someone else what little he had.
This story is not to suggest you give to everyone you see begging on the streets. I have been approached by many con artists in my day. And some say it is best to give to the shelters and agencies that can directly help.
But this experience was special, here was a man not begging, but willing to work for his money even if it was just to carry my packages. He was grateful for what he received, and he had the heart to share it with others. I gave him a Thank You God I Am Grateful wristband too. His gift to me was his sincere gratefulness, and the compassion to help someone else.
A big shout out to Tim Tebow for wearing my Thank You God I Am Grateful wristband. I received an email from one of my customers who told me to look at the Sept. 6, 2010 ESPN NFL preview 2010 magazine. And there it is, clearly on page 100 and 101, my thank you bracelet proudly displayed on Tim Tebow's wrist. I am so touched to see this. The purpose of the bracelet is to Thank God and spread gratefulness. All the people that come to my website, www.thankyoubracelets.com, arrive through word of mouth or somehow finding it on the internet. Through Tim Tebow and other college and professional athletes wearing the wristband, more and more young people are coming to my site to find out about the band. Everyday we are blessed by the miracle of life and all the possibilities and wonder we experience througout the day. The bracelet is a reminder to practice gratefulness to God each day and it really makes you stop and see all that you have to be thankful for each day. Thank you Tim Tebow and all of you who support the mission to be thankful and grateful to God.
Received a special shoutout on Sunday while attending the Irish Festival in Berea, Ohio. A favorite performer of the festival and someone I think has an amazing talent was getting ready to perform. Back stage, I gave Eileen Ivers some of my wristbands to thank her for always coming to the festival and for sharing her energy and talent with us along with her band.
When she arrived on stage, I noticed she was wearing the bracelet already and so were members of her band. At the end of her concert, she said she wanted to thank Cleveland for such a warm welcome everytime she comes here and then she said, "Toni, gave us these great bands that say "Thank You God I Am Grateful' and that's exactly how we feel every time we get on stage and come here. Thank you Eileen for the shoutout.
To find out more about Elieen Ivers check out her website.