Gratitude Story from Colombia

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? "My name is Paola, and I am a systems engineer. I live with my mom, brother and my four-year–old son. There are so many people to whom I would like to send a thank you note, but today I want to say thanks to my boyfriend Eduard.  He had been more than special and sweet with me during the time that we have been together; he has been my confidante. One special memory is the first time he held my hand. I remember it was a Saturday night and we were on a date watching a play in a small theater.  We were in the middle of the play, and then suddenly he got his hands close to mine, then closer, and then we were holding hands.  He looked at me, and he smiled. It was special because we both were nervous about that moment, but without a doubt, it was a special moment for me and our relationship." (Colombia) . . . #gratitude #thanks #positivevibes  #colombia #love #heartsign #storytelling #gratitudeisthebestattitude #kindnessmatters #inspiring  #digithanks #gratitudedaily #storyteller

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Gratitude Story from United Kingdom

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? "It was the first time I ever went to England; my girlfriend-to-be lived in a sort of student house, and there was this one guy there with a Beatles-looking hairstyle and a strange accent, something in-between Yorkshire and southern England. He was somewhat inward and cranky all at the same time. However, we started talking and soon found out we had a whole lot more in common than we thought, from a love of Carpenter’s The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, as well as a fondness for The Clash, Husker Du, and Thin Lizzy. He brought me his acoustic guitar—a wonderful Taylor, and we hit off for the rest of the night. I’d play something, and he’d fill in the lead and vice versa. We eventually ran out of beer, and we hastened to the nearest Tesco to buy a new batch of lager and spent the rest of the night listening to his vinyl collection: all the way from Slayer to Enrio Morricone."Thanks, Joe; it was a blast." (Farnham, United Kingdom) . . . . #gratitude #thanks #positivevibes  #girlfriend #motherlover  #heartsign #storytelling #gratitudeisthebestattitude #kindnessmatters #inspiring #england #unitedkingdom #farnham#digithanks #gratitudedaily #storyteller

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Gratitude Story from Pretoria, South Africa

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? “If I got a chance, I would want to tell my mom, “Thank you for being a blessing, and thank you for being an example and a role model in my life. You are a godsend and a blessing. You have been such an example for me, and I hope that I can be even half as good a mother as you have been.” “I have so many memories of my mother. We had one trip, though that I particularly remember; it was just a short one. One night my sister’s roommate called, and she said that my sister was sick. They lived in Germiston (another city) and we had to drive there, though it was quite late and quite dark. The whole way there, I was hysterical. I just couldn’t believe how much composure my mother had and the comfort she offered me, all while knowing that her daughter was sick. Driving for an hour while your one daughter is sick and your other daughter is hysterical and keeping your composure… my mom was so amazing." (Pretoria, South Africa) .

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Gratitude Story from Lisbon, Portugal

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? "I would like to send a thank you note to my older brother Alexandre for all the support he has provided when I was young.  It's not simple to choose between all the important people I care about nowadays, but I recognize he played a major role in me becoming the person I am today. “I remember when I was about fifteen or sixteen years old, it was awesome to have him coming for the weekend at our parents’ country house. We'd always shared the attic while growing up, and his return offered us a great opportunity to catch up and talk about everything that was going on in Lisbon. Alexandre was in the music industry—a guitar player starting his own career. I wasn't exactly sure of what I wanted to be at the time and lacked confidence. What happened is that he noticed my indecisiveness, and during the summer holidays asked our parents to let me go on a road trip with him.  Even though our parents were very conservative, they agreed. “That was the turning point. Suddenly we were camping outside and meeting new people regularly. It challenged my temper, challenged my ability to stay calm in new situations. We'd listen to a lot of music in the car, stop by a beach to take a swim, and make a couple of sandwiches for dinner. I had the opportunity to amaze myself in quite a few moments during that period of time, and even though my brother and I undoubtedly knew each other, it was the chance to start understanding each other in a more meaningful way—both our thoughts and aspirations—while making our way down the coast. Back at home, I told my family about some of the highlights of the trip, but noticed something more significant. The boy in me had changed. I was eager for more, and I felt brave. It was with that mindset that I entered university the following year and followed my path until today.” (Lisbon, Portugal) . . . . .#gratitude #thanks #positivevibes  #parentslove #motherlover  #heartsign #storytelling #gratitudeisthebestattitude #kindnessmatters #inspiring #parents #digithanks #gratitudedaily #storyteller #lisbon #portugal

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Gratitude Story from Bulgaria

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? "I would send a thank you note to one man who once picked me up when I was hitchhiking. His name is Ivan. I saw him only once, but it was a memorable experience and I really want to thank him. My story with him began in the summer. I was travelling to the seaside, to one place, called Irakli. This man picked me up from Plovdiv and left me literally on the beach. Through the whole time we spoke a lot and it was really pleasant, as with most people that I have had a hitchhiking experience with. For me, sending him a thank you note is  like sending a note to everyone in the whole world, who are helping people during their travels and who are taking care of others on the road. So,… we were both travelling in the car and he was supposed to leave me on one pathway near the road and then continue his journey.  From there to the beach is like an hour walking. He decided to bring me to the beach, to the end of my destination. He told something like this: “We travelled together now for so many kilometers, I won’t leave you just at the end!”. When we arrived at the beach, he gave me a present. He gave me 2 liters of this traditional alcoholic Bulgarian drink, called rakia. He told me that it was a present in order for me to have a really good time at the seaside, and so I did. Meeting this person was a really nice moment for me, because during our trip he made me feel like I was a good person and I needed to feel that at that moment. He really helped me realize a lot and I will always be grateful for that and, of course, for the nice bottle of rakia." (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

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Gratitude Story from Venezuela

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If you wanted to send a thank-you note to someone in your life, who would it be, and what is one of your best memories of that person? "I am Nora Diaz de Pacheco. I am 67 years old and have always felt incredibly grateful towards my mother, Elena Diaz de Apitz. She was a modern woman and a warrior with a divine spirit of life. She was capable of doing whatever she wanted. There was practically nothing she couldn’t do and she did it all with a beautiful and creative energy. She learned to knit and sew, and took up embroidering and painting. She learned plumbing, gardening and how to glue ceramics. She also loved animals, until the point that her house looked like a zoo. My mother had a kennel of 44 dogs, more than 100 birds, parrots, macaws, monkeys, snakes, spiders, squirrels, pigeons, and even raised a donkey with a bottle. Most importantly, she did all these things practically alone. At home we called her “Doña Bárbara” (a Venezuelan novel character), because she had a bit of a rough childhood. This caused her to have a strong character with a fierce determination, but she also had a brilliant heart and was full of love to give to anyone who approached the family. My mother always made room at the dinner table for anyone who arrived at the house and treated them with care and love even though they were strangers. I can spend days and days talking about memories I have of my mother, but a very special memory that stands out among the rest were the trips we took to the hot springs “Las Trincheras in Valencia, Venezuela. We had the opportunity to go many times and she always acted in the same way: she looked like a young girl who didn't want to leave the pools of hot water when she relieved her aches with the hot water jets.” (San antonio de los altos, Venezuela)

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