The Art of Thank You
Yesterday I received a precious “thank you” card in the mail from my friend Shannon. It was a sweet little card featuring pictures of her and her husband and their two newly adopted precious little boys. The inside included a scripture and printed thank you, but at the top, scribbled in her hand-writing, she began her thank with a quick apology for taking a bit long to get a thank you card to me for supporting their adoption.
The first thing I thought when I opened that card… well the second thing really, because the first thing I did was ooh and goo over the pictures of these sweet babies… was how amazing she was for even sending a thank you! And not only did she send a thank you, but she had created these beautiful little cards, printed them and then still proceeded to write me a personal note. She did all of that while trying to welcome two little boys into her home!
Her thank you was sincere. It took sacrifice and intentionality. And for that, it was so special.
There is an art to saying “thank you”. I have several friends that do this well and I watch and learn from them every chance I get.
My friend Susannah always sends hand written thank yous upon receiving any gift. Seriously, it’s like clock work. I can just about predict when a note from Sus will hit my mailbox. She says that her momma instilled this value into her… either way, I know it’s a big part of her heart and I’m always moved by it.
The amazing Mary Graham has an unbelievable way of speaking thank yous to others. I was amazed at this when I attended a Women of Faith event last month. After every speaker, Mary takes a moment to look them in the eye and thank them for how they encouraged us, challenged us and inspired us. Her ability to look into your soul and say thank you is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.
There truly is an art to a well-done thank you. It’s not the time. It’s not the how. It’s more about the heart.
Do you know someone who says thank you well? Share their story with us!
(Btw, I noticed that all my examples were women. There have got to be some good stories about guys who do this well too.)