Many people have written many nice things to us over the years. (Of course some people have written some not-so-nice things too.) But the following is my favorite, or at least my new favorite:
Good afternoon Stephen,
I am a psychologist by education and spend my professional life as a consultant in the field of higher education and an executive coach. I spend my personal life as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. In all these roles I: (1) have many opportunities to improve and (2) try to express my gratitude to those who help me. It is for these two reasons that I send this email.