Have we lost the art of saying thank you?
I am struggling with a few things this week and I am not sure how to handle them.....
I was raised to say thank you always! When I was a kid we did not get to play with our birthday/Christmas/any other time of the year gifts until we had written our thank you cards. This started from the point that we could take a crayon and draw a line across the card. They had to show some acknowledgement from us.
To this day I still hear my Mom's voice in my head each time I receive a gift or do something that may need a thank you card. I have a stack of personalized thank you cards on my desk so I am always prepared.
Trust me there are times I am not as with it as I should be but I truly try to say thank you in some way, shape or form. In this day and age it is so easy to say thank you with Facebook, text message or a phone call.
I am not trying to sound like the princess of thank you notes or anything along those lines so please do not think I am preaching from a soap box. I just really wonder if we have lost the art of saying thank you.
Not just for gifts but for acts of kindness, service from a waiter or waitress, someone opening the door for you. So many times during the day there is an opportunity to say thank you.
It is such an easy two words to say. It barely takes a breath to get it out with a smile yet I rarely hear it anymore.
Has receiving gifts become an expectation instead of a gift?
Are we so busy in our lives that the simple two words of thank you are too much to deal with?
I honestly wonder and would love to know your thoughts. Have we lost the art of saying thank you or is it just something that we need to remember to do more often?