My husband has a post-career but preretirement job working as a monitor in the study halls, parking lot, cafeterias and hallways of a large high school with 3400 students. Everyday he packs his lunch and his smile. He loves this job, and it shows. In our 27 years of marriage, I’ve never seen him more content with work than the past few years. I am even greeted now by his whistling upon arriving home.
Jim doesn’t look for thank yous but they often find him anyway. It’s been very encouraging to witness the appreciation expressed by our teenage generation. They do notice when people look them in the eye, call them by name, and offer a smile. Even – or maybe especially – if they don’t show it.
Today he received a thick stack of Thank You notes. It was a program suggested by a school group for Thanksgiving. The notes were prompted but still so welcome.
This got me thinking. Let’s make a point to say thank you every day, not just on occasions like Thanksgiving. And not only for big things but for small kindnesses. Just now, I set my phone alarm daily for 4:47 pm to remind me to say thank you to someone if I haven’t already. In a note, in person, text, email or any other way. Anyone else up for the challenge? Thank you in advance for adopting this new habit!