I had been preparing to write a post last night about ‘the art of a thank you’ but I lost my inspiration as midnight drew near. I promised I would follow up on the thought this morning.

I realize that I shouldn’t give with expectations. But I like to be real on this blog.  And honestly, it is genuinely nice to receive an acknowledgement that a gift is appreciated. My mom made me write thank you notes to my relatives even when I didn’t want to. I guess it stuck.  As I recall, this is referred to as proper etiquette.

Getting handwritten notes in the mail is rare. But a formal thank you note is a lost and forgotten virtue that few people follow.  It is a travesty.  Because I think at the heart of it, it makes us selfish, and not mindful of the generous acts of others.

Life suprises me sometimes though, and I don’t believe in coincidences.

Tucked nicely into my mailbox this afternoon was a beautifull written thank you from my inspiring and eclectic neice. I adore her. And, I adored reading her thank you note that began with “Yours is a generous spirit. Mine is a grateful heart.”

Like most thank you notes…it probably took just a few minutes to write, address, and stamp.  But the thought will remain with me for much longer. 

I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution this year so here it is…I am going to remember to send thank you notes for even the smallest gestures.

3 Responses to “the art of a thank you”

  1. tiffany Says:

    By the way…thanks EVANE DIANE 🙂

  2. Jean Says:

    I think I might be responsible for the “wishers”, although I didn’t call them that. I just told
    them the fantasy of blowing on them, releasing them to the wind and making a wish. Wow..
    grandmas do make impressions sometimes! From now on I refer to them as “wishers” and
    I’d better get busy blowing.

  3. Susan Sedita-Parker Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. my mom made write them as well and even provided me with beautiful paper on which to do it, hoping i’m sure that it wouldn’t feel like such a chore. it stuck with me too and there is really not much i like more than a genuine thank you note. i make my kids write them for everything too! thanks mom!

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