Monday, May 9, 2016
the dance of gratitude
Isn't this so true?
For me it is relying on a calculator. I force myself to do long hand arithmetic we were taught in our
earliest school years, just after forming the art of
handwriting instead of printing.
A week ago, I received a handwritten card with a
lovely note from a lady I spent time with at the
MAC counter at Nordstrom at Chinook Center
(Calgary). She recalled a few of the major points
we discussed and how I inspired her. She said
nothing self-promotional nor about any
upcoming events or sale. Beautiful. Wonderful.
Thank you notes
Is a basic skill that I know of only one person in
my sphere who does this constantly. Every time
you receive it you feel special, when you read it
Why don't we do more of that?
We already know how much joy it can bring yet
we don't get around to doing it. I think I am
going to try to do something along that line.
I have a package of notecards
which I could put to great use. I am a lot like
everyone out there. I get busy with work, my
off-time is spent writing here, and of course
spending time with hubby and family.
Events like Mother's Day allow
us the opportunity to call and send a card,
sometimes even send flowers or a gift. I know
my mom isn't picky, and chatting on the phone
to her is one of her favorites.
We seldom pick up the phone
without a purpose in mind: inviting someone
somewhere, following up an email, confirming
What about the none times?
Writing a brief note, saying you were thinking of
someone, crediting them with a memory you
just thought of or simply to say you were think-
ing of them.
How about that?
No event, no reason, no RSVP, no invitation, no
specific thank you.
Just to say hi!
A brief note, a thought is what I want to do.
There are more than the dozen my card supply
has, that I would just like to say "how goes it?"
What about an email you say?
The reason I'm not going to send an email is
because it is to say hello. Nothing else. No
response required. Maybe they'll stand it up
on their desk in their office as an emblem of
gratitude. For me to have memories shared
with them. For them to see how important
I already send Holiday cards
I used to be one of the first to have my cards
written, addressed, stamped and out the door at
the end of November, plenty of time for the
Makes me wonder how many have scaled back
sending greeting cards altogether? Sending an
email instead? Yeah, right, those little inboxes
that only remind us of work, duty, and too many
we barely stop to read as we glance through the
No cheating allowed
If you are going to go ahead and do this, you are
forbidden to write a family chronicle newsy
copied letter that you slip in. That is not the
No event reminder
You are simply going to buy a dozen or six (how-
ever many the package includes) and send an
individualized, personalized note to a few some-
ones whom you would like to know they're
important, you're thinking of them.
You just want to make their day
and may end up making your own for days to
come. Passing on kindness, gratefulness and
friendship has little to no cost.
Don't keep track of how many you send
versus how many respond (like some may do
from greeting cards).
Pay it forward, the old way
is what some may say. That's fine if you need to
label it or accuse me of recommending some-
thing ageless as time. That's not the point.
I already know of a few whom I will
send one to (for examples):
* to our bank manager who worked with us who
changed our mortgage payment date that is so
much easier to track.
* a new dental office that gave me the greatest
service with a gentle dentist who I will return to
Those are only a couple but I hope you get my drift. Send a card with a note to brighten someone else's day and it just may give you some rejuvenation and
good-hearted spirit as your reward.
I have used images of dance from my Pinterest board Dancereta to share their beauty with you.