Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 35 - Send a handwritten thank-you note.

One of the things I have always been big at is sending thank-you notes, whether it's for a gift I have received or a job interview, a thank-you note shows that you appreciate the gesture and also makes an impression. No, I am not talking about an e-mail or a Facebook message, I'm talking about the old-fashioned elegance of writing, stamping and mailing a thank-you note.

Although there are days that I want to strangle a co-worker, I am pretty blessed in general for having a job that I love and co-workers that are like family. Which brings me to the person I sent a thank-you note to. Over the years, I have become extremely close to my boss and his family, I tell everyone they are my second family because they basically are. My boss was extremely lucky to marry such an amazing and beautiful wife, I often joke that I came out just like her because she has the biggest, giving heart anyone could have. Whether it’s serving at a food bank, or donating clothes to those who don't have, or even taking homeless people on the side of the road food, she is constantly giving. Every day she sends me and her family an inspiring e-mail and always knows the right things to say to make me feel better and put a smile on my face, for that I am thankful. I am thankful she has been put in my life so my note went to her.

It read: "M, I wanted to send you this little thank you card for everything you do, and for always being so inspiring. It's the little things that count and trust me they never go unnoticed. Thank you for always being there for me when I have a question or need advice, you are such a giving person and so beautiful inside and out. You always know the exact things to say and can always put a smile on my face. My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold. And while you're out there getting where you're getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, this is my wish for you. Thank you and I love you, C"

Every day someone - the guy making your deli sandwich or doing your dry-cleaning or the woman who drives your bus this morning - is making our lives a little better. Maybe it's a friend, neighbor, relative, professor or teacher who, even by their words or actions a decade or so ago, did or said something that smoothers our path and soothed our souls.
For that we need to say thank you. I encourage you to write a thank you note to the first person who pops into your mind after reading this entry; it's guaranteed to make their day and yours while you're writing it!


  1. My daughter has always been good at writing these kind of notes and has taught her two little girls to do the same. It makes me feel loved when I receive one. I wish I could say that I taught her that, but, alas, I have been taking the easy way out and sending Thank you e-mails for years. You are right, they are not the same.

    1. You know, it's funny because I don't think I have ever received an actual little thank-you note unless it was a special occasion or for something regarding business but I can only imagine the feeling of receiving one. I do know how excited I am when I receive mail that is not a bill and is hand written just for me from someone, it either means and invitation or something nice. Point being, I loved giving that feeling to someone, it makes me giddy like a little kid not knowing when they are going to receive it! You should buy some stationary tonight, it's not pricey at all and send your daughter and granddaughters a thank you note, I guarantee it will make their entire week and even entire month! Have an amazing weekend and let me know the outcome, that's your homework for the weeknend LOL ;) xxo