The Gratitude Challenge (Day 6): My Friend Susan

"Take a few minutes to call someone you haven't talked to in a while. Tell them how much you appreciate them."

Let me modify the guideline a bit. Instead of a phone call, I chose to e-mail someone I have not been in touch with for a long time. I'm not a big fan of Alexander Graham Bell's discovery. To make it more interesting, I chose someone that does not have a Facebook account nor knows the existence of this blog. It would feel more special if the person does not know I am doing this challenge.

I immediately thought about my friend Susan.

Susan is from the Regional Office in Singapore. When I was still working at the embassy, she and I would be e-mailing each other almost every single day. We would meet once or twice a year for our annual meetings.

Being a typical Singaporean, she is very efficient and resourceful. I learned so much from her. I admire her work ethics. I always wanted to emulate her work attitude.

In the more than five years that I knew her, I somehow found out she's a Christian. She would be sending me inspiring messages. And through her, I've witnessed the goodness of God.

She is very thoughtful. I remembered how the Kitchen Club (that's how we called our regional group) surprised me with some kind of bridal shower. On the group's farewell to me, she asked each colleague from their countries to bring something that would remember the person and the country. She also handed me a CD compilation of photos of the Kitchen Club over the years.

During the worst time at the office, I would go to her and she would talk words of wisdom and comfort to me. And I survived that Devil Wears Prada phase.

Earlier today, I sat down and took the time to e-mail Susan to tell her how much I value her. I had been meaning to write to her but couldn't find the time. The timing could not have been more perfect as she's a bit unhappy at the office. I do hope she feels better when she reads my message to her come Monday morning.

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