Give Thanks to Those in Your Life
Thanksgiving provides us with the perfect opportunity to share our gratitude and thanks to the people in our daily lives. So often, especially in today’s busy world, we take for granted the relationships and daily interactions we have with family and friends. Let the celebration of Thanksgiving be different this year – STOP and make a note or card to share with those meaningful people in your life. Tell them how much they mean to you; thank them for all that they do for you; let them know you appreciate them!
Relationships are an integral part of life and they are also important to effective and successful business. We are constantly surrounded by people no matter what our work happens to be. People enjoy being valued and are more likely to be positively involved if they are treated the same way. Just like your family, the friends and co-workers in your professional circles need just the same amount of value and appreciation from you.
So, do this: take a few minutes from your days leading up to Thanksgiving and reach out to those people in your personal and professional worlds – family members, friends, co-workers, students, parents – and share with them why you are thankful for their relationship. Perhaps they have done something special recently or remember your birthday every year or just simply put a smile on your face every single day. Connect with them by sending a Thanksgiving card, writing a handwritten note, or simply stopping by to speak to them in person.
To help you save time, I have included a few card and letter templates that can be used for a variety of audiences.
I hope that you are able to find time to go the extra mile and prepare special, sincere messages for the people in your life this Thanksgiving. The genuine, handwritten notes and cards are worth it and extremely meaningful! Each year in the classroom I had my students write to other faculty or staff members on campus, and there would always be custodians and teachers who would stop me to share how much they appreciated the letters, or to say that the letters weren't necessary but they appreciated it anyway. The impact is great, I know, as I am reminded of “Mike the Custodian,” because every year he would tell me how much he loved receiving the letters from the students and that he still had the letters from previous years. That always made me feel good; it was really rewarding to know that a simple gesture like a handwritten letter saying ‘thank you’ made such a difference!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank YOU for being a special part of my world and all of what TWC has to offer for you! As always, please let me know how I can help YOU be more awesome!
PS: Don’t eat too much turkey; you don’t want to fall asleep during the football games!
"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."