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Two Words that Will Change Someone Else’s Life…and Your Own

Writing a “thank you” letter has become a lost art ~

 

I’m a big advocate of “thank you” notes.  In fact, I have a stash of Crane stationery that would be the envy of Her Majesty the Queen, but for the fact that she’s more a fan of Smythson’s on Bond Street.  Stationery preferences aside, I think she would agree that a “thank you” well-conveyed is one of the greatest utterances we can ever make.  James Allen has said that “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

Sending “thank you” notes was a requirement in our household as a child. No sooner had the last person left from our birthday party and mother had sheets of paper and a fountain pen before us on the kitchen table.  If we were the “birthday girl” or “birthday boy” we knew what was expected of us at the table: write the thank you notes right then and there for all the lovely presents we were given…don’t even think about playing with the newly unwrapped Twister game or GI Joe sitting there waiting for us to play! Write first, then play…Those were the rules.  “Thank yous” first.  “Thank yous” always.

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