A. Catherine Noon here, with my final post on a lovely sunny Sunday – and I have a very important topic for you: manners! It’s a natural outgrowth of my previous post, “The Power of Gratitude,” where we talked about keeping a gratitude journal and being thankful for the abundance in our lives. Next, though, is actually telling the people in our lives that we’re grateful for them – but in writing.
While emails are obviously faster, there’s nothing that can beat the power of the handwritten note. It’s still recommended, in fact, by career planning experts in the job search process – even now. There’s something magical that happens when the recipient opens the card and finds that we took the time to scribble a little note to say thanks. Even if your handwriting would make a cat laugh, you can write legibly enough to say, “Thanks.”
Who would you thank today? Why not write a little note to your spouse for something they’ve done recently? Or your kid? Or if you’re not married with kids, what about a good friend? Maybe the coworker that always makes the coffee in the morning? It’s the little things that make life go smoothly, and when we take the time to appreciate them, it elevates them. Imagine how you’d feel if you were always the first one in the kitchen at work every morning, and you make the coffee, only to have thirsty coworkers slurp it down without so much as a glance in your direction? (Not that I’m pointing any fingers, mind…) All it takes is a few moments to think up a list of five people to give notes and you’re in business.
What about you, Dear Reader? What do you think about thank you notes?
– E.E. Cummings
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