“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
The past couple of weeks I have been battling something between my ears. Nothing major and it took me a while to find what I think is my answer.
A little back ground …. as most of you know, if you’ve read my blog previously, I was given an amazing gift on May 11th, 2007 ….. a heart transplant.
Over the years I have sent my donor family multiple “thank you” notes …… about three years ago, I sent a thank you note through the proper channels to my donor family. About a month after sending the note I received a note from my local OPO (Organ Procurement Organization) that apparently my donor family had moved and did NOT leave a forwarding address.
I wrote about that occasion HERE – “An Emotional Time, Times Two“
In the next few months I plan on writing another “thank you” note. The effort, the energy and the emotion that goes into writing such a note can only be described as leaving a piece of my soul along with many of my tears on the paper with my words.
Since the note I received three years ago, I had sent one other “thank you” and had never heard anything from my OPO. Last week, I decided to email them and I inquired whether the donor family had ever updated their address. A few days later I had a reply that, NO, they had not updated their address and that both of my notes were still being held for them.
I wondered, if my “thank you’s” were like the proverbial tree that fell when no one was around, and I was not making a sound.
Should I write another “thank you” even though my words may never be “heard” by my donor family?
I debated this in my mind for a number of days …….. I’d like your input, if you have a thought on this.
Right now, I am leaning heavily (as I write this) towards writing that next thank you note because unlike the tree that fell in the forest, that donor family could update that address at anytime …….. and I will have missed all those opportunities to thank them.