The other day I received a thank you card from my Grandma. Her words were so eloquent and deep that I kept it as a bookmark and have looked at it almost every day since receiving it. I grew up in a family that was over the top with THANK YOUs. My grandparents will call me to Thank You for my Thank You card...unnecessary but totally adorable. One of my mom's core values (maybe a little overboard) is the importance of saying thank you. She was slightly OCD about it, writing a thank you card for every gift, good deed, or kind word she received, but her excessive gratitude made an impact on me that I am (no pun intended) very grateful for.
In a world that is quick to receive and slow to respond, taking a moment to say THANK YOU will often stop people in their tracks.
Fast forward to now, where I assist one of the most grateful men I know. In fact, he just called me to say THANK YOU for something that I already forgot I did. I was quick to deflect and move on, but his words left an imprint in my day and an encouragement to my heart.
As an assistant, you have an opportunity to represent yourself, your boss, and your organization. By taking time to say thank you to someone, you can change the demeanor of even the most hard-hearted individual. The Word says in Proverbs 16:24 "Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."
Okay, let me take this a step further because when I say "Thank You" I am not just referring to a text, though that is a fine starting point. I am speaking about an intentional moment where you verbally (face to face or card seem to be the most impactful) PAUSE what you are doing to let that person know your gratitude for what they STOPPED to do for you. By this I mean a "I just wanted to take a moment and truly let you know how much I appreciate you, value the thought/gift/deed you offered me. This is what it meant to me: _____ For you I am grateful. You are a blessing in my life, a true friend, a pleasure to work with, an honor to partner with". This is more than just a surface THANKS but a thoughtful and reflective THANK YOU.
Keep some cards at your desk and at every opportunity give thanks. As it says in 1 Thess 5:18, this is God's will for you.
Right now before you rush off to the next TO DO on your list, take a moment and write a thank you card. You won't regret it and they will remember it.