Saturday, October 05, 2013
31 days: October 5
But, the one thing that sticks out in my mind yesterday that I really seemed to notice was how many people actually voiced their thanks for what we do for them. I had more than one person say something to the effect of, "I am so glad I found you all here," and, "I am so happy I came and so appreciate how much better I am since I've been coming here," or, "You all take such good care of me here. I love all of you." We're just doing our jobs, and yet, what we do does have a huge impact on someone's well being and life. I don't usually notice the gratitude because, well, it's just something we're happy to do.
But, it made me stop and think. How lovely would it be to let anyone who routinely does something for you know how much it means? What if I told the sweet woman who cuts my hair, "Thank you for always making me feel like I look wonderful when I get out of your chair." Or to the lady at the cleaners, "Thank you for always smiling when I come in here and remembering me so that you head back to get my clothes before I ever tell you my name. It makes me feel like a valued customer." Or to the cashier at Wal-Mart, "Thank you for doing such a great job making sure you keep my frozen and cold things double bagged and separated. It makes it so much easier to unload them when I get home." Or to my UPS man, "Thank you for always having a smile as you come up to the porch, and for leaving my packages where I can see them through the side window and don't leave them on the porch all night. It's really appreciated." We all want to know that we do a good job and that it's noticed by others. But, how often do we verbalize that in our day to day interactions? I think I shall start.
Thank you to all of you who have shown me so much love and support here over the past seven (wow, almost eight) years and who are always faithful in making me feel like what I have to say matters. I love you all.
(... and Happy 56th Anniversary today to the two best parents anyone could ever ask for... I am so honored to call myself your daughter and can't thank you enough for nurturing me to be the woman I am today.)