Each New Year brings with it those familiar feelings of hope, optimism and fresh starts. It’s a big cliché, I know, but hard to not get caught up in the newness and potential each New Year offers.
On the journey home from my parents’, earlier today, I decided to take some time to mull over what was 2014 and perhaps look towards what I hope to achieve in the coming 12 months’. But after only a few moments of self-deconstruction, (and let’s be honest, looking back is never done in a very positive vein) I became distracted by a young lady frantically searching through her belongings. My initial thoughts, the illusive train ticket, but after a few moments of searching, she retrieved a pen. I had failed to notice the fresh box of ‘thank you’ cards on her flip-down table (could those tables be any squeakier?!?!). The young lady proceeded to open the box with the same saliva-inducing delight as Charlie Bucket, on realising he’d found the last golden ticket (I understand her drooling; any piece of stationery, however small, sends me into a whirl of utmost childlike delight).
This simple observation, however, put my line of though in a slightly different direction. I’ve read numerous blog posts and articles recently, pertaining to the usual, “must lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, save money, work harder.” All well and good and each to their own, but perhaps we should take the focus away from ourselves and look at the simpler things we could so easily change that would have far greater impact on those around us?
The effortless gesture of saying, “thank you,” is all too often lost, forgotten or simply taken for granted, so let’s make 2015 the year of the heart-felt, “thank you.”
I guarantee those two little words, whether spoken, emailed or hand-written, will go a long way in making someone’s day. And with all the gorgeous cards and notelets to choose from, you’ll give yourself a little buzz of satisfaction with every single purchase!