Have you noticed that “thank you” seems to becoming passé? I have noticed that when I am out and about I say it more than anyone else. I wonder why. While I don’t have that answer here are some thoughts on this easy phrase that can mean so much.
When we are kids we had saying thank you pounded in to us. Do you remember that? Every time I turned around I instructed to say thank you. I see it now with parents and children. At what point does it go by the way side? Don’t we all find it adorable when you give the little munchkin candy on Halloween and you get a “tank guu” back? Why do parents/adults find it so important to train their children to say it when they often don’t in their daily lives?
I have noticed how rare it is to be thanked lately. This got me to thinking to what does this phrase really mean to me. It is a complex little bugger as it encompasses so much. When I use it at the grocery store, or any store really, I am expressing my appreciation of the stores goods, the ability to shop in a place that convenient, the helpfulness of their staff, the cleanliness of the store, the fast service and basically thanking them for making my life easier. This is especially the case with grocery stores. I don’t have enough land for a farm and my gardening skills are rusty. I could never have live stock to eat as they would all become pets. Seriously they would.
When I say thank you at restaurants I am thanking them for providing a meal for me that is easy and relaxing. I thank them for providing a service for me that gives me a break, in a safe and (hopefully) clean location, and for a relaxing and enjoyable experience with their staff.
For the professionals that are in my life I am thanking them for being there for me. This goes for my mechanic, dentist, eye doctor, psychologist and psychiatrist. When I say thank you to them I am, of course, thanking them for providing the service that they do, but it goes beyond that. I am thanking them for their dedication. That dedication has provided me with people I trust to keep me safe and healthy. I want them to know that I appreciate all that they have done to be in a position to help me. Yes, I do pay them, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate what they do and have done
Today take a minute and think about what everyday services you use in your life. Think about how these things make your life easier. From getting your mailed delivered, to the crossing guard who keeps us from running children over, to the safety officials in your city, down to the cashier at the gas station, coffee-house and the person who holds a door for you. Thank them. Show them some appreciation, because we all like that moment of being appreciated.
Peace and love….