The hand-written thank you note is a dying breed, a lost art. When’s the last time you got one? But if you write one, it could make someone’s day.
I’ve done this fairly consistently to thank my clients in my vocation as an insurance/financial services professional and I try to in my personal life as well, though I will admit with not as much consistency. Time to change all that, if you see a flaw recognize it and try to fix it.
It all comes back to what I have written about before on this blog and actually what I do here at least three to four times a week, share the power of the written word. Saying thank you is still meaningful, but taking two minutes to write it down puts the message over the top and does even more for the person on the receiving end. See its not about giving to get, at least not with that end in mind, but giving because you care and feel compelled because the person on the receiving end has done something meaningful, however small, for you.
I received a hand-written thank you note yesterday, simply for offering advice and inspiration to someone wanting to write a book and looking for guidance to get it accomplished and self-publish. The card opened with “thank you” and closed with “much appreciation”, those last two words underlined. Writing it down makes it permanent. The card has six sentences. It probably took her two minutes to write it, but it will remain in my possession much longer. It’s a keepsake to look at again and remind me how important it is to give back, to inspire others, to offer guidance, to lift up someone else’s spirits, with no expectation of anything in return…except to become more in this human adventure we call life.
Until next time, thank you for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author
It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story.