June 30, 2014

Thank You – Part 2

I wrote the first blog posting entitled “Thank You” on November 11, 2012. It primarily dealt with thanking all those people that you know, but probably don’t know, who have touched your life in some manner. These are veterans, public servants, teachers, and all the rest of those folks who never think twice about their service to the rest of us.

How about those other people who we call upon each and every day for some information or service or advice? What about the barista at our favorite coffee shop or the grocery checkout person? Do you have a favorite mechanic or your postal delivery person? How about the bus driver who you see every day or the security person in your office building? All these people deserve a thank you for what they do regularly.

Sure, you may say that what they do is their job, for which they get paid, but we should think about how our day would be without them. These people make our days better, and our thoughts brighter, and our smiles bigger. They are the cogs in the workings of our lives. They deserve our thanks, and we can make their lives better just by giving them our thanks even though what they do is part of their occupation or job.

Recently someone asked me for some information about another acquaintance of mine. The request was in the form of an email, and my reply to their email was how I provided the information to them. (I always attempt to reply to all requests within 24 hours, and if I have missed something from any of you, I apologize and hope you send me the request again, chastising me.)

When I replied, furnishing the information that was requested, I stated that the data was what I had, but I also offered that it might not be current. I did not receive an additional email telling me that the information was correct or not, nor did I get a thank you for my response. Did the person get my reply (sometimes our emails go astray), was the data correct, or was it helpful? I do not know, but it would be nice for my benefit.

If this had been a request for directions while walking on a sidewalk, I would have expected a “thank you” at the end of the discussion.  If it was during a telephone call, a “thank you” would have been included. Why not after an email exchange? How about at the end of an exchange via texting? Is electronic communications different from normal conversation?

Common courtesy should tell us that we need to thank others for what they do for us, no matter what the situation. How do we feel when someone fails to thank us for a simple act that makes their day better? We should always act in the manner that we would want others to act towards us. We should always include in our daily actions those behaviors that would be better than “good enough”.

Thanking others for what their job description includes should be a matter of normal activity. Who knows what good karma will bring back to us when we just thank people for what they do? Putting forth good karma will result in prosperity and better days for you; it is a matter of fact and reality. Try it and see.

Who knows what will happen if the practice of good karma spreads to everyone else? Maybe our world will be better for all of us. Please leave me your comments, or email me at Jim@JimTeasley.com, or call me at 360-314-8691.

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