The Currency of Gratitude

ThankYouToken: Transformed but Never Forgotten

I’ve consciously avoided writing this post because to write it would force me to confront the reality that our ThankYouToken Kickstarter campaign did not get funded. But alas, as I write this, we have entered the final 100 minutes of the campaign and are nowhere near our goal. So our project to manufacture and distribute ThankYouTokens throughout the world, at least for now, will not happen.

I’m purposely refusing to use the word fail, however. Like any meaningful concession speech, I’m going to (at least try to) put a positive spin on the experience and focus on what we did accomplish during the past 11 months during which we conceived the idea, brainstormed and planned the project, built the Kickstarter and meticulously tended it as it ran for the past 40 days. We recognize it as a noble effort to crowdsource enthusiasm for a little idea we thought would bring some light and hope to our fellow humans. In the long run, though, it just didn’t catch on with a wide enough audience.

Those who backed us got it, and for that we are incredibly grateful. Their support is what will inspire us to continue our mission to encourage acts of kindness and consideration – and to acknowledge our gratitude for them in any way we can, even without the physical aid of a ThankYouToken. We know that fostering these attitudes and behaviors in ourselves and in others is a path to a happier life experience.

I am eternally grateful for the connections I made with like-minded people who are committed to doing – not just wishing for –  something positive for the good of our fellow humans. I recently heard someone say something to the effect that our wellbeing is up to us to collectively make happen; that it’s no longer a spectator sport. And I wholeheartedly agree.

While it didn’t make it all the way up the hill, I’m at peace with the fact that we did everything we could; I accept that ThankYouTokens themselves just won’t happen at this time. In that spirit, I intend to keep chugging along with our little gratitude project. True, it will no longer feature the crowdfunding element for the actual tokens, but it will continue to promote gratitude as a means to finding and maintaining happiness and harmony. I’ll still be writing blog posts here and I’ll keep making kindness connections on social media and in person.

Most of all, I’m thankful for the rebirth I’ve experienced since the beginning of the ThankYouToken concept. It has energized and impassioned me personally and emotionally. It’s made an impact on me, almost like a child, who I’ve nurtured and watched venture out into the world. I’m proud of its efforts and will do everything in my power to help it succeed, whatever it eventually turns out to be.

Ok, now that I’ve got all the mature, emotionally healthy, well-adjusted thoughts committed to words, Grateful Gina, Minister of Gratitude is  going to go take a shower and probably cry a few tears in mourning for the loss our grand ThankYouToken dream. And then we move forward, unfazed by apathy and indifference; transformed but never forgotten.



2 thoughts on “ThankYouToken: Transformed but Never Forgotten”

  • Beautifully written. I share in your disappointment as I was so looking forward to being able to hand kind people I met something tangible for my gratitude besides my smile and vocal thanks. You and Scott certainly put your full effort into making this a possibility and someday in the future it just might happen. Now just didn’t seem to be the time. I tried to reach my wide circle of friends and they listened with interest but unfortunately went no further than remarking that it was a great idea. Let’s just keep saying thanks and smiling with all the good and kind people we meet along the way.

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