Do You Say It?

Do You Say It? by Karen Campos

Well, do you? When the opportunity presents itself for you to express your appreciation for anything anyone did for you, do you step up and knock it out of the park? Do you say, “Thank You?”

Why do we find it so hard to do that? We all know how much we enjoy hearing someone say it to us. We all know how others are deserving of the compliment. Yet all too often it goes unsaid.

In my opinion, thank yous are a must and sincerity is the key. It shows respect to the relationship and communicates to the person that you do not take them for granted. Sure, you can send out a text, email or Instagram. But I believe there are two BEST ways share a ‘thank you.’

First is the spontaneous verbalization face to face. Nothing beats a hug and a thank you all wrapped up together! The second is the carefully selected, or hand written thank you note. This requires planning, time and effort (and sometimes a stamp).

As a public school teacher for seven years, our principal had a policy that every gift no matter how small had to be acknowledged by a written thank you. At times it seemed like double duty, but we did it.

Now as a parent, I see how important that policy was in building public relations with the parents of the school. When I send a gift to a teacher through my child and it goes unrecognized, I have to wonder, did my child make it in with the gift? Did the teacher know it was from me or my child? It’s awkward to have to ask.

What about to my family members? You know, the ones I share square footage with on a daily basis. How often do I say thank you to them or do they say it to me. Am I modeling appreciation by thanking Technology Man at a time when my children overhear?

What about the grandparents and extended family with which we exchange birthday or holiday gifts. Am I showing my kids how to write a thank you note to them? Am I buying notecards, or making some, and forging out the time to sit down at the table to write them? Do my children write thank you notes to friends who give them birthday gifts? Easy fill in the blank ones are fabulous and teach a lifelong skill. Does my high school teenager know how to write a thank you to a potential employer after an interview?

So in real life, let’s not let that moment pass by. Say “Thank You.” A lot. I challenge you to keep a tally of how often you say thank you each day for a week. There’s proof in that pudding. It could make someone’s day because often those who give selflessly are also the ones who expect nothing in return. And how beautiful is the smile you receive?

So, in closing, THANK YOU for reading this post! Now it’s your turn. Go out and say it!

What happened unexpectedly when you said ‘thank you’ to someone? Is it easy or hard for you to say ‘thank you?’

Photo courtesy of DaBinsi on Flickr.

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I am typically an exhausted forty something, Christ-follower, daughter, sister, wife, teacher, mom of one rambunctious son, mom of one gifted son, custodial step-mom to one totally teenage daughter, avid reader, wanna-be photographer, scrap-booker, endless dieter, coke zero drinker, suburban dweller, volunteer and friend.

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