Odd though it may seem, I am not saying “Thank You” right now. This text is more about the use of these simple words. More importantly, it is about not using these words.
The English language has a plentiful supply of words that allow us to express millions of different messages to each other. Using these words not only allows us to pass messages, it facilitates the expression of emotions and feelings.
It would be true to say that words received can also instill emotions. Words not said can equally instill emotions.
Of all the words in the English language, I believe the words, “Thank You” are amongst the most powerful. Whilst they take very little space on a page or screen, and take no time at all to speak, they are enormously powerful.
There is just one issue with these two simple words and that is the fact they are often not used.
It has become common place for the words to be omitted. Even the shorter abbreviations with the same meaning are omitted. How does it make you feel when you hold a door open for someone and they just ignore you as you pass through? I would suggest you find it annoying or rude, I know I do. Now consider how you would feel if someone does something special for you and the words do not get used.
Not only is the omission of the words bad manners, it can be hurtful and disrespectful. Yet when the words are used, the recipient of those words can feel elated, appreciated, even loved.
Two small words. Two very different emotions.
This blog entry is timed to reach the world on Christmas day. A day when the words “Thank You” should be given and received many millions of times. The gift of appreciation and gratitude in return for a gift or act of kindness.
I truly implore you to use these words (or others with the same meaning) whenever someone does something for you. Not only is it good manners, it can really make someone’s day.
All that remains for me to do is to say thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Knowing that you have read it and appreciate the time and effort I have expended in writing it means so much to me.