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To Wake Up with a Smile

17 April 2010 5,685 views One Comment

When I woke up this morning I checked my emails in my bed with my iPhone (a habit that I’ve developed since getting one). Someone visited my site and used the contact page to send me an email. This morning was the first time, in a while, that I was able to start the day off with a smile on my face. I wanted to write a post about it because I tried emailing this person back, but received a delivery failure. Hopefully Sanath makes another visit and see this post!

I wanted to say thank you for helping me realize that we all can, in some small way, help others with our efforts. That no matter how small we may be, in comparison to the world, we can never know when our words will inspire and reach others. I may not be an expert in my field or profession, I may not be a well-known motivational speaker, I may not be a celebrity or popular athlete, but I am human just like the rest of them. Though my level of influence may not be as great theirs I hope to inspire others just as they do.

Here is the email I received:

Hi Gregg,

really nice site. I will keep this short. I really liked your goals & buckets.
Now even I’m planning to write down my to do things with life. I think it really
helps to see whether we are on right track pursuing or chasing our dreams
however small or big. I really liked particular goal of yours i’e, your desire
to see sunset & sunrise in 20 countries. Such a nice thought. Very much
attainable. Really, Mother nature has answer to everything but we hardly ask
her. I’m basically a photographer, a learner of photography rather. so I relate
or ask many question with her & she mesmerizes me every single time. Hope your
dreams come true & you achieve your goals.

Best Wishes,

To which my response was:

Hey Sanath,

I appreciate your feedback! I’m glad that you checked out my website and in some small way it has helped you want to follow your dreams and make your own goals/bucket list. I have found that writing things down really does help–especially in motivating my drive to want to succeed and pursue what makes me happy.

A lot of my list hasn’t been completed, but I plan on accomplishing a lot of those things within the next year (money is a factor unfortunately).

You’re actually the first person to contact me since I’ve redone my website and I’m receiving anywhere around 50-100 people visiting everyday. So thank you for taking the time to write. I was wondering if you would be willing to share with me your list once you’ve completed it? Also, could I share what you wrote in your email in a future post on my blog?

Lastly, do you have a website I could visit?

Gregg Hawkins

I do hope the best for Sanath and your development as a photographer. Maybe we’ll see many pictures of the sunrises and sunsets you capture through the lens around the world sharing, giving, while providing hope and inspiring others at the same time.

With that said, if anyone is reading this and would like to contact me feel free to do so! I always love to meet new people and see what other people’s dreams, goals, and bucket lists are. Maybe I can put up a page dedicated for my reader’s goals and bucket lists if I get enough people contacting me wanting to share.

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