Author John Kralik was heading downhill emotionally, physically, socially, and professionally. Relationships with family and friends were estranged. At one of his lowest moments he got an inspiration - a voice from nowhere, “Until you learn to be grateful for the things you have, you will not receive the things you want.” After a lot of thinking about his grandfather, who gave the same advice, John decided to change his ways and become more thankful.
John looked at the Christmas gift his son had sent to him. Their relationship was failing, mostly because John had been too busy for him. He realized his son had spent time thinking about what gift to get, and then spent time shopping, wrapping, mailing the gift. John had opened it thoughtlessly and gone on with his life. What would happen if he wrote a thank you note to his son?
He did. As you can imagine, the results were surprising to John. Not only did their relationship take an immediate turn for the better, but John felt really happy about what he had done. Happiness had been a stranger.
This event was just the beginning of a major up-swing in John's life. I won't spoil the story, but I will tell you he devised a plan of action that eventually led to many positive results in his life.