For some time, I have witnessed many occasions where people fail to say thank you when they should (myself included). We all have the power to say these two magic words and thus appreciate, motivate, create good will, spread peace and raise self-esteem. In society today there appears to be a “Thank You” deficit! In our hurry up world, we tend to be too busy to say “Thank You,” which is sad, at best.
It is important to remember that there are actions that define us. Our lack of action, our failure to acknowledge a kind act by others, can be hurtful. And perhaps shows we are not interested in others. We live in a hyper-individualized society, and at times forget that we need each other. Relationships count!
How can people go through their day without hearing a sincere and well-deserved “Thank You?” We can change this. We need to look through the “lens” of thankfulness each day. Daily acts of kindness open our hearts to others. It is a shared way of living.
Today I find myself yearning for values that I fear are becoming old fashioned, out of date and less relevant and important to our lives. The result is a contagious lowering of the bar of civility. The world would be better off if we recognized human fallibility, the power of redemption through good deeds, and the healing balm of forgiveness. Taking a higher ground to this subject is vitally important to all of us. It is indeed a mission that is both enlightening and humbling.
The key is to hold ourselves accountable to the highest intellectual and personal standards, and to have the humility and goodness of heart to forgive. Old fashioned or not, these values must be hallmark.
Let us start a campaign of kindness!