Monday, November 15, 2010

Elements of Style - For the Two of You - Thank You!

Thank You, XIEXIE, SPASIBO, GRACIAS.Grazie, Mahalo, Merci, Danke, Arigato, Dhanyawaad, Asante 

Over the past 8 months we have learned a lot of things. The biggest being that "Life can be a matter of moments". Holding grudges, being mad and not saying what has to be said is a waste, a waste of moments. Same can be said for thanking someone who has done or even said something special.

People just don't say thank you anymore, have you noticed this? I mean a real one, one where you sit down and writing how someones kindness made your day. How even just the little things make someone smile. How hard is it to do this?

My theory is we have lost this with the introduction of the Internet, texting and even more so with our fast past lives. I find that even the simplest things have gone to the wayside, reading a good book, taking a long bath with candles, sitting and having a good glass of wine. What has happened that we can't take a little time and do these things anymore.

In the good old days "wink, wink" this simple task of sending a thank you "note" was a tradition for sending messages of fortune and goodwill on slips of papyrus. These were the first known greetings exchanged in Chinese and Egyptian culture. In the 1400s, Europeans practiced exchanging notes as a new way of social expression, writing on paper and hand delivering greeting cards locally. Today, well there are e-card, emotionless greeting cards that someone else created. But then I guess that's better than nothing...

This week I would like to challenge you with making a thank you card. Then mail it (remember that red box or if your in the US a blue one at the end of the street corner, that is called a mailbox) to someone who has made you smile, made you think, or made you feel better.

But remember to take a picture and share it with me here, I would love to see what you created.

1 comment:

Julie Marshall said...

This just gorgeous! Love the colors. TFS.