Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Lost Art of Thank You

Thank you.

Two simple words that carry so much meaning with them.  Two words that extend gratitude and appreciation for efforts put forth by another. Two words that mean so much yet today are used so little.  The ability to show appreciation and say thank you, has become an unappreciated way of life.

A manner that we were all taught as pre-schoolers has fallen by the wayside.  When was the last time you actually sat down and wrote out a "thank you" note?  (I'm not talking about email or a quick text here).  I'm talking about actually pulling out a pen and writing a note....  A true thank you, can make such a difference.  If you are a thank you writer....then you know the power that comes with this small effort.  You understand its importance and take the time to appreciate it.

What about the gifts you or your children receive for birthdays, graduation, holidays..... Does a thank you note follow?  Sadly, for some, a written "thank you" never follows and that is well, that is just pretty sad.  If someone has spent the time to find you a special something or have thought of you in a special way, don't they deserve a quick note to show your appreciation?  If we are so busy that we can't pen out a sincere note of thanks - then something is wrong.  What about a thank you note for someone that hosts a party, for being a friend, or noting a special effort by someone?  You know, those efforts where you don't receive a tangible gift, but you receive something in return. What has happened to our manners? Our thought or intention may be there, but it gets put on the back burner or ends up at the bottom of our to-do list.

Words have a lasting impression.  Similarly, the lack of words have their own lasting impression.

Buy a pack of "thank you" notes and keep them close at hand.  Start using them.  You will be amazed at the power of their simplicity and the impact of these two simple words.

Thank you for stopping by.  :)

Happy Tuesday.