I am worried “thank you” is loosing puff and being forgotten or relegated to one of those meaning-to-do jobs.
This upsets me.
I am a great believer in the power of those two small words.
They won’t change the world but they do make it a more gentle and civilized place.
Saying thank you is easy, it’s fast and it costs nothing. What is difficult about that?
Saying thank you gives friends, family and acquaintances great pleasure and it turns strangers into willing accomplices and brightens up many a dull day.
Writing is even better especially by hand.
By email, a poor second but so much better than nothing.
I understand life is busy and we communicate constantly with each other through social media.
Perhaps in our mind that is as equivalent as saying thanks.
We are attached to our mobile devices as if our lives depended on them and for some that is the case.
I am guilty and hate myself for these lapses; I hope I have not lost sight of the difference.
I would like to think that the younger generation are the only guilty party. Not so.
It is true, they are not well versed in the art of the thank you.
Not all, but many don’t have the idea that saying thank you is customary.
As for a thank you note, it is not something on their radar.
Sadly it is slipping in our generation too, myself included.
I do take the easy way out, write an email when I should put pen to paper.
I justify the laziness with all sorts of lame excuses. The truth is none of them cut it.
Being thanked, whether verbal or written makes us feel good, makes us feel appreciated and in some cases makes us feel loved.
It is time to return the favour.
Thank You. xv