My Life as a Dog

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thank You Notes

Today I was reading through my normal blog subscriptions. One of which is LifeHacker. They had a nice link to an article called "How To Write an Effective Thank You Note for Any Occasion." It reminded me of the importances of sending thank you notes.
The first time I remember getting good exposure to thank you notes (at least the first time that it sunk in) and their benefit. It was while I was on my mission in Canada Halifax. My mission companion at the time was Elder Brooks. While we served together he was constantly writing thank you notes to members when they would feed us, to our investigators, and anyone else whenever a thank you was warranted.
When I got transferred to my new area and I was with a new elder, I thought that I would try out his process. So When Sister MacKenzie delivered a fresh loaf of homemade bread to the local elders, I responded by writing a nice thank you note in return. I didn't think too much of it until later she told us that she had made ten loaves of bread to share with others. She informed us that we were the only ones to return a thank you note. She told us that it reminded her of the story of the ten lepers that were healed and only one turned to give thanks. That experience made an impression on me and helped to me to see the value of sending thank you notes.
Since then my sister, Tammy, has been a great example. She is always sending thank you notes for everything no matter how small. And I gotta say that it makes me want to help her out more because she is such a gracious receiver.
So with that, I'm going to be better at expressing my written thanks.