If you're like me, you're busy and find yourself thinking, "Oh, I forgot to thank them for that." Maybe some courtesies become so commonplace that you feel that "Thanks" is assumed. For instance, my boss and I go to lunch on Mondays for a business meeting and he picks up the tab. We get so involved in our conversations and then rushing to get back to work that I realize I don't thank him for lunch every Monday. I should. He makes the decision to continue these lunches every week, I should thank him.
Do you thank your staff for all they do? Sure, it's their job, but some people do that little bit more that makes working with them a pleasure. Thank them to encourage them and let them know you notice their extra effort.
Do you thank your boss for a great day? Bosses need, and deserve thanks, too. Too often we take those in leadership positions for granted, thinking that somehow they don't need appreciation. They're human, they love feeling appreciated as much as anyone else does.
Do you say it like you mean it? Throwing a thanks out there doesn't check another task off your list. Thanks has power and impact. We once had a young assistant whose thanks made an impact. Her thanks came from deep inside of her, whether it was for a gift, a favor, a compliment, etc. She meant it and you felt it. It wasn't just a rote response. It made you want to do something else nice for her, just so you could hear her thanks again.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I'd like to say I'm thankful first and foremost for my family, who I love more than anything. Thanks Mark, for almost 30 years of marriage and sharing the trials, tribulations and joys of raising 3 children, numerous dogs, a few cats, one rather obnoxious hamster and a spattering of fish. Thanks to those 3 kids for the pleasure, love, and panic only children can bring. The panic keeps you on your toes. The love gets you through the panic. The four of you are everything. Thanks to friends for support, laughter, silliness and love. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in my efforts to find outlets for my constant stream of thoughts and ideas through encouraging me to blog, write or speak, even though I might have been terrified of the latter. Conquering fears is an amazing achievement. Thanks to my boss, Nigel Morgan for being delightful and inspiring. You are the grand prize of my professional career and you make coming to work everyday like opening a present.
Thank you to all those serving our country. Without you we wouldn't have as much to be thankful for, the freedom to express it or the abundance of joys to be able to take any of it for granted. Thank you for your sacrifice of time with your family, time to pursue your interests and the willingness to risk your very life so that we can have our freedom.
Oh yeah, thanks for reading my blog. Every now and then I think I've said just about all I can say on this subject, but then someone sends me an e-mail that says that something I wrote helped them and I know I want to keep going.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember to look for all the good things in your life.