A live interview with Gretchen Carlson on FoxNews.
Yes, it was an honor and a privilege to share the message of Leave Nothing Unsaid with a nationwide audience.
If you’re wondering, Gretchen is incredibly gracious, genuine and well-prepared. Just what you’d expect from your average, run-of-the-mill Stanford graduate who is also a concert violinist, former Miss America and national news anchor.
Yes, it was a delight to have one of my dearest friends, Lynne, accompany me to New York. She has encouraged me in the pursuit of this dream since the very beginning. In fact, the first “official” workshop I ever led was with her Bible study group over a decade ago.
What profoundly impacted me about the day was not the excitement of the interview.
It wasn’t the thrill of having my makeup and hair done by the stellar staff at FoxNews.
It wasn’t sitting in the “green room” with the former Attorney General of the US.
What will forever be seared in my memory about this day is that 900 miles away, back in Atlanta, a family was gathering to say goodbye to a cherished wife, mother and grandmother.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of helping this sweet woman write letters to each of her beloved family members. To her husband. To her daughter and sons. To their spouses. To her grandchildren.
Helping someone write letters to loved ones when they are facing a life-threatening illness is an honor. It’s like “standing on Holy Ground.” I understand the importance and lasting significance of these letters.
On the same day that the message of Leave Nothing Unsaid was being shared across America, I was reminded of how much this matters. I was picturing the loving family of Ingrid Brown, facing the heartbreak of her impending death. I was also thanking God that she was leaving loving, affirming letters to those who were dearest to her. What an incredible gift.
And what a reminder to me that the message of Leave Nothing Unsaid really matters.
My hope and prayer is that you, dear reader, will take some time during this holiday season, to write letters to the people who are most important to you. That you’ll express your love for them. That you’ll affirm their most special and unique attributes. That you’ll share your hopes and dreams for their life. That you, too, will take the time to write words that matter forever.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
If you’re interested, here’s a link to my interview on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson: http://bit.ly/14SOhKr