In this crazy, busy society that we are all living in now, I think there are times when we forget to stop and say “thank you.”
Ok, confession time. I LOVE the book, The Secret. eek! Did I just admit that publicly? Yes, I did. That book changed me and changed the way I perceived the world and my future. I either write down or recite (in the car) what I am grateful for every single day. It is so important to me. Plus I have specific instances where this practice of gratitude and intention has brought me an abundance of blessings…in fact, I am married to the man of my dreams all because I set my intentions on meeting him.
I will save that sappy story for another time. Thanking someone for doing a favor for you is showing gratitude to that person and it is a positive action. I truly believe the more gratitude you show and the more positive action you put out, the more wonderful things come your way.
Lately, I’ve been sort of blown away by the lack of thank yous in my life. In the last month, I have directly found jobs for two people and neither one thanked me for the favor nor did they tell me they got the job…someone else told me. I find this so strange…not that I particularly need a thank you, but I’m so surprised they didn’t think it was appropriate to thank me. I would never allow someone to do a favor for me without not only thanking them in person but also sending a handwritten note.
I deal with people every week who don’t say thank you for anything I do for them and then they wonder why I am less eager to help them in the future. It’s just common decency really…be nice and say thank you. I find that a simple thank you in the office keeps relationships running smoothly. The minute you take someone for granted or the job they do for granted, the relationship becomes strained. This isn’t important only in the office, this can easily happen with those people closest to you. Spouses, children, parents…we can’t take them for granted either. A thank you goes a long way!
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart