Five Minute Friday: Grateful

I have just discovered Five Minute Friday from a blogger friend Rebecca and there is no coincidence in that timing.

Today’s word is ‘grateful’.

I am grateful for a sobering reminder yesterday… that life is short and I must intentionally keep in touch with friends that I love, and I don’t mean a 5 word Facebook post or a ‘like’ on someone’s status. I mean a personal and intentional communication… an email, a letter, a card, a text, or a phone call if time zones allow.

I am grateful for dear friends and family, however with everyone now spread all over the world, and life busier than ever for all of us, personal communication tends to get lost in the shuffle.

Yesterday I discovered that a friend of ours passed away unexpectedly in January of this year, and no one notified us. We hadn’t connected since the holidays last year and had been texting and calling for the last couple of weeks with no response. So I googled. Sure enough the obit from his little town newspaper popped up. Four months too late.

So to my busy friends and family, today I will reach out and let you know I love you. And that I think about you often and pray for you whenever I do.

About Shari Risoff

Shari Risoff is an author, editor and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, USA. She studied business and spent years building client relationships in the corporate world and is passionate about communicating. She is the author of two books, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage and Accidental Sabbatical. She began to consult and write full time during her own accidental sabbatical. She writes, and edits books for other authors, as well as helping small business owners with infrastructure or communication or projects of many kinds. She is devoted to her husband Stephen. When she is not working on her new book, or hanging out with Stephen, she is reading books or studying human behavior. Readers or writers in need of an editor can get in touch via email: projectmavens @ or follow her on Twitter @ShariRisoff.
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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday: Grateful

  1. This is so very true. We must be intentional about our relationships, there really is no other way. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Melissa R says:

    So true. It’s easy to let things slide, thinking that we’ll get to it tomorrow. Then it becomes the next day, then the next day, until it’s been much too long. Thank you for this reminder!

  3. mincs1 says:

    Great reminder, Shari. Thanks for posting.

  4. writerlauren says:

    Hi Shari, thank you for visiting my blog. Gratitude is a powerful tool for achieving wonderful things because appreciation for what you already have aligns your thoughts and actions with positive thought and positive action for the future, allowing you to spot every promising opportunity that comes your way. Gratitude is a great habit to get into! xx

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