I did something this week that I have thought about doing for a long time. I said "Thank You" to someone that I have wanted to thank for a while now.
I was at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville visiting some parishioners, and right near the hospital sits the office of the surgeon who walked with me through 8 surgeries in 2010 and 2011. I have wanted to make a point of visiting him and saying a special "Thank You." So this week I did.
I found a nice thank you card and wrote him a note and went up to his office. I know he is busy and I thought I would probably have to just leave the note at the front desk, but he was in his office and he had time to see me.
I was able to thank him for all the help that he gave to me, to thank him for his kindness and warm smile, to thank him for being there for me during a real rough time in my life. And I even gave him a warm hug.
It felt so good to say thanks!
That got me thinking about all of the other people that have impacted my life in some way that I don't always acknowledge. Saying thanks is a good thing to do. It's good for us and for those we appreciate.
I want to say thank you to Rodney at Yoes Bros. Barbershop for doing such a good job of cutting my hair and trimming my beard, mustache and eyebrows. He helps to keep me looking "pretty."
I want to say thank you to Susie and Leandra and Jessie and the others at Corner Cleaners for keeping my clothes clean, pressed and sparkly. They also help to keep me looking "pretty."
I want to say thank you to Sadie and Mary and Carol and David and John and all the folks at The Times-Gazette for being so kind to me, and for allowing me to continue writing a column week after week.
I want to say thank you to all of the folks throughout the community who read "Musings and Memories" week after week. Thank you for stopping me at Krogers or Walmart or Food Lion or at church and telling me that you enjoy my column.
I want to say thank you to Amanda and Johnny and Sharita and Taffy and Ricka at CVS Pharmacy for keeping my meds straightened out and for showing their concern for me as a customer and as a person.
I want to say thank you to Dr. Ilarde and his nurse Teresa for taking such good care of me month after month, year after year.
I want to say thank you to Dot and Peggy and all of my friends at Weight Watchers who have been with me through my weight loss journey and have rejoiced with me at my victories and encouraged me when I may have gained a little.
I want to say thank you to all of my parishioners at both Mt. Lebanon UMC and Cannon UMC for allowing me to serve as their pastor, for letting me be so blessed and allowing me to have so much fun, and then paying me for it too! Thank you! And thank you for telling me Sunday after Sunday that I preached a good sermon. You are so kind!
I want to say thank you to Jason and the ladies at Ascend for taking such good care of my little bit of money and being so kind to me when I come to get some of that money to spend or give away.
I want to say thank you to all the people in all the stores that I shop in or the restaurants that I eat in who are friendly and kind when they wait on me. And I want to thank those of you who weren't so friendly and kind. Thanks for taking care of me anyway.
And I want to say thank you to the gentlemen and the ladies in my life who bring me joy and love every day: my wife, my sons, my daughter, and my beautiful granddaughters. They continue to love me unconditionally and give me a reason to smile.
And I want to say thank you to my Great God and my Savior Jesus Christ for giving me life, and that more abundantly. He knows me for the mess that I am and He still loves me in spite of myself. I thank God for all of His blessings! Many of those are the people I just mentioned.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Doug Dezotell is the pastor of Mt. Lebanon UMC and Cannon UMC. He is a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette, and he is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a friend to many. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.