Don’t wait to share the gift of gratitude |

Don’t wait to share the gift of gratitude

Amy Roby
Amy Roby

Beloved author, editor, and publisher Stan Lee, of Marvel comic book fame, passed away on Monday. The day after his death, there was an outpouring of heartfelt statements left in tribute to Lee’s creative genius and generosity. Family members, friends, fans, collaborators, and celebrities, many of whom brought life to his creations on the big screen, expressed their love, gratitude, and admiration for Lee.

Of course, the circumstances of fame provided Lee with plenty of access to words of praise and acclaim prior to his passing. But reading and listening to the accolades written after his death got me thinking: why do we so often wait until someone has passed away before expressing our fondness and gratitude for them? What holds us back from sharing our feelings toward those who enrich our lives and whom we treasure?

There is something inherently powerful in writing down words of affirmation and appreciation. The act of putting our thoughts and emotions to paper encourages deeper reflection and is a tangible expression of our internal experience. It is an easy mistake to assume that others know our feelings, and giving to someone else in this way can open a pathway toward greater communication and connection.

Autumn is the season of abundance, and Thanksgiving offers opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the blessings in our lives. What if one of the ways we honored this time of contemplation was to extend written words of love and thankfulness, right now, to someone who has a positive impact on our life? How might such a gesture resonate with the person we hold in such regard?

Stan Lee’s catchphrase was “Excelsior!” which he explained as meaning “upward and onward to greater glory.” The exclamation is a fitting framework to consider the legacy of Lee’s life and work and serves as a pertinent reminder to strive toward the things that uplift us.

Elks host Bingo

The Tahoe-Douglas Elks host Bingo Friday night at the Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road, in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with warm ups at 6 and regular games starting at 6:30. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase.

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