It’s November and “all thanks” month. To kick it off, albeit a few days late (but who’s really counting?!), I thought it would be apropros to share my thoughts on thank you notes. Many people think it is a gentile, stifled and b.s. way to coddle egos, and sometimes I have to agree. Call me old school though, but I love getting and receiving hand-written thank you notes.
Now, I don’t expect, or write, hand-written thank you notes for every interaction or dinner. I must say a written text message with emojis are perfect for many occasions, and trust me, I send and receive plenty of these myself, because let’s face it, were all so busy. Nonetheless, I do feel there are occasions when a hand-written thank you note is appropriate and I happily write them.
Birthday gifts, unexpected thoughtful gestures, holiday gatherings and when others go above and beyond to make my day special are all occaisions when I write a hand-written note of gratitude. If someone took the time to make me feel special, the least I owe them in return is a nice, heartfelt expression of my gratitude. It makes me feel good to reciprocate the kindness.
What prompted me to think about this subject, honestly, was a recent work occasion. I recently hosted clients for a large work event and gorgeous thank you cards have been rolling in. I rarely receive hand-written thank you notes even though I host a lot of people often. Honestly, I don’t expect them, but when I do receive them it gives me a little shot of motivation. I put a lot of work and time into the aforementioned event and these cards made me smile. In this fast-paced, often cold and thankless world we live in now, I know the people cared enough about our interaction and relationship, no matter how big or small, new or old, personal or professional, to take a moment to reflect on the time they spent with me, write me a note, find my address and mail it to me.
However old the practice, I’m working on instilling this practice with Lady Elle when she receives gifts. At her age, I give her the option to draw or color a picture and sign her name as the thank you note. It’s a learned art that I’m sure she’ll learn in due time.
With that, I must sign off. I have a long list of overdue thank you notes awaiting me.
Here’s to happy writing. Cheers!