Recently, a coach posted on Reddit a note that he had received from a nine-year old player. The note already has one million views. You can read the post, and ~1,000 comments, here.
Why did such a short, sweet note strike such a powerful chord, one that will echo for weeks around the world?
This young child did something all of us should do each and every day: he noticed, valued and honored the coach's sacrifice, effort and skill.
A heartening theme in the comments was adults recalling coaches who impacted them, prompting others to urge them to find those coaches and send them a note.
There was a less heartening theme as well. Almost every report of a kid doing something remarkable provokes claims like: "It's fake. A kid could not have written this note. His parents helped/made him do it." Adults who think this note "must be fake" need to spend more time truly listening to kids, and understand why words such as these matter so much.
Indeed, as I wrote in this post (with many powerful examples), a few words from you can change a life.
Need one more example? If you read through the comments, you learn where this kid actually learned to send thoughtful notes: from his coach.
Here's my challenge to you: Send someone a note of specific praise and appreciation to someone in your life - TODAY. Then, respond in the comments with who you wrote to, what you said, how they reacted, and how it made you feel. Next, repeat these steps every day for the next 7 days.
I can't wait to hear from you!