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!