Maybe folks think that it is just another worthless piece of paper that someone reads and recycles within seconds–so what’s the point?
The point is that saying Thank You, whether by snail mail or some form of personal media, creates opportunities.
A thank you gives you an opportunity to
- Reinforce a relationship–“Your box arrived today, and it felt great to know that you were thinking of me.”
- Tell the giver how the gift is being used and how it is affecting their daily life–“I’ve gotten so many compliments whenever I wear that sweater you gave me–it the perfect color. 🙂 “
- Give them clues as to whether or not you want more of the same!–“Thanks for the socks. Now I have 100 pairs!“
- Convey courtesy–Sure you’re busy, so is everyone else, and they took the time to send you a gift.
- Let that person know that their gift arrived safely–No, seeing that the check has cleared when I get my bank statement is not an adequate substitute!
- Express appreciation–“I was having a tough day until your package arrived.”
Christmas, birthdays, winning a drawing or door prize at a local business, and thoughtful gestures are all opportunities for you to express in a few sentences that these people and the time they spent thinking of you were worth the effort.
It occurred to me after writing all of this–When have I ever thanked the people that follow or read my blog? I don’t think I ever have, so before I close, I would just like to say:
To My Readers:
Thank you so much for reading my blog. It has been an important outlet for my self-expression and has given me many pleasurable hours of writing and the opportunity to share what I know. Your comments and encouragement have led me to produce over 300 blogs in the last three years. I really look forward to having you read my work, and I appreciate your comments. When I get up in the morning after posting and check my e-mail, I always have a wonderful feeling of anticipation. Thanks Again!