I knew right away what it was. Barely sticking out of the giant stack of advertisements and bills, was a small square turquoise envelope. This created instant excitement and I couldn’t wait to get into my house to take a closer look at it.
Once in my kitchen, I took my time thumbing thru the mail, almost savoring the anticipation of finding the surprise that I knew was waiting of me. I would not be disappointed, because there the little gem sat, turned around where I couldn’t see who it was from. The suspense was right on cue.
As I turned it over to admire the front of the adorable envelope, I noticed the return address and was absolutely surprised at who I received a card from. It was a lady whom I’ve not met in person but through blogging. She sent ME a thank you card and a gift card.
I’m actually in disbelief. It was so thoughtful and unexpected. And it really made me feel good as a person and friend. She thought enough of me to send not only a handwritten card but went out and got a gift card to go with it. Who does that in this digital day and age?
It would have been super easy and quick to zip an email my way, say thx and have been done with it. I would have accepted it and not thought another thing about it. This really touched my heart because I’m a thank you note writer from way back. I love to write thank you cards.
I’m the gal with cute stationary and purple pens that writes a thank you note for birthday presents and Christmas gifts. It was the proper thing to do at one point in time, before the internet, you sent the giver a note of gratitude. Plus, I was genuinely thankful to the person who gave me something.
What does a handwritten note mean to the person receiving it? Of course the reasons for the need to thank someone are many but the end result should be the same, it should tell the person in a few sentences how their act of generosity made you feel.
The recipient of a handwritten thank you note will see that their gesture of kindness was honestly appreciated. By you taking the time to acknowledge what they did for you it shows you are truly sincere and appreciate their time and efforts.
Being gracious and sending a handwritten note to those who give of themselves to help or nurture their relationship with you is good manners. When was the last time you looked at old greeting cards and your fond memories were validated by the handwritten message inside?
Here are 7 Ways to Say Thank You!
- Write a Poem – I wrote a poem for my freelance writing instructor. It was short but really funny. Everyone got a big kick out of it and I think she was truly touched at the thought of a poem being written in her honor.
- Give a Gift Card – They’re quick, easy and everyone loves them. I certainly do. Especially to the quirky places that I wouldn’t normally spend money but like the store. Starbucks*
- Write a Letter Instead of a Note – A thank you note says hey thanks & you’re cool but a thank you letter says OMG, you’re freaking incredible and so awesome that I had to use a whole sheet of paper and get thumb cramps to express my gratitude to you.
- Deliver Food – Pizza probably works best unless they know you’re hiding Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and in that case just give them up. Haha, sorry about you’re bad luck on losing those cookies!
- Pay it Forward – If the car in front of you pays for your burgers, pay for the guy behind you, it’s almost bad juju not to keep the love chain going. Otherwise, do a good deed somewhere and mean for it to keep the good vibes going.
- Reciprocate Their Help – Easy Peasy Honey Bunny. They helped you out and when their turn comes around for helping hands, be the first one in line. In fact, let them know in advance you are the gal to call and you ain’t taking no for an answer.
- Make a Donation in Their Name – The green people will love this one. Find out their cause and tag that moula with their name. This is like a double bonus because you’re thanking one person and helping a charity all at the same time. You’re the cool kid now.
Penmanship is falling by the wayside but I get a chuckle at someone’s style of writing. It actually gives me a great feeling to see someone else’s words to me. I truly appreciated the thank you note and gift card from my blogger friend and I’m so jazzed about it I had to write this post.
There is power in a hand written note of gratitude. Show yours today by writing a beautiful, well crafted note of appreciation to someone that deserves to hear from you.
P.S. Kim Anderson of Thrifty Little Mom inspired me to write this story 🙂