As I thought about school starting tomorrow, a sense of nostalgia came over me. My final summer break has come to an end, my final year of school is upon me, and I have a ton of work to do to get where I want to go. Thoughts of the first 2/3 of my summer overseas came back to me. Calculus formulas flashed across my mind from my final 1/3 of summer. And then a very crucial thought hit me: giving thanks is so incredibly important.
There are a whole host of people who made it possible for me to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the world for an entire semester. They deserve thanks. I had a calculus teacher who loved math and made the one-month-whirlwind-of-a-class completely worth it. He deserves thanks. I have a wonderful group of friends that made me feel as though I had never left Georgia. They deserve thanks. My family has supported me through my ups and downs throughout my life. They deserve thanks. Nicole, my girlfriend, deals with my good moods and my bad and gives me never-ending love and support. She deserves thanks.
But how often do I let these people know how thankful I am to have them in my life? Not nearly often enough. My point is this: people need support and they need to know that they are making a difference in the lives of others. Be that person that lets them know, whoever them is. By doing so, you will empower them, you will create a well-deserved sense of pride in them, and you will encourage them to continue to spread their love, support, advice, talents, etc. – their gift – to others.
Take a minute tomorrow (Monday) to tell someone thank you. The phrase ‘thank you’ is important. It is necessary. It keeps good will and great intentions alive. And, best of all, it is incredibly easy to use.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite segments from Seth Godin’s Linchpin that highlights this concept and probably got me thinking about it to begin with (a link to Mr. Godin’s blog can be found on my homepage):
If you appreciate a gift, consider saying, “thank you and…”
- Thank you and I dog-eared forty pages
- Thank you and I told your boss what a wonderful thing you did
- Thank you and here’s a record my band and I recorded last week
- Thank you and you made me cry
- Thank you and I just blogged about what you did
- Thank you and here’s a twenty dollar tip; I know it’s not much, but it’s all I can afford right now
- Thank you and how can I help you spread the word?
- Thank you and can you teach me how to do that?
- Thank you and you changed me, forever