stop saying thank you

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Thank you miss and thank you mam and thank you sir.  I hear thanks mumbled in the quiet halls and yelled in the busy streets.  As common as hello and as frequent as goodbye, “thank you” becomes the background noise to our lives.

It’s polite to say thank you, sure, but true kindness cannot be repaid with mere words.  The old saying an ‘eye for an eye’ is as familiar as apple pie, but what is the equivalent for a good deed?  Time to repay kindness with kindness.
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The next time you want to say thank you, stop and reflect: what exactly are you thankful for?  And how can you repay the kindness with actions instead of words?

A Hallmark card doesn’t do kindness justice – thank you for ‘being a friend’, ‘helping me out’, and ‘sticking by my side’ lack sincerity.  Why not get more specific?  Let’s consider exactly what we’re thankful for, and then figure out how to repay the kindness with actions.
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This week, let’s act out our gratitude.  Each time you begin to say thank you, pause, reflect, and then devise a plan for repaying the deed.
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15 thoughts on “stop saying thank you

  1. I love your message, very insightful 😉 I would also venture to say that there is another phrase used (more with couples and spouses) that is sometimes loosely thrown around out of habit. Of course, I am speaking of the words “I love you”. And I think that your message fits absolutely perfect with those words also. Instead of just saying it, show it in your own unique way. Great post and wonderful reminder, thanks for sharing 😉

  2. So true about getting into the habit of just saying things automatically. I used to do that with ‘sorry’ but have eliminated it from my ‘habitual vocabulary’ because the things I said it about weren’t actually worthy of an apology. So I definitely agree to re-focus on the words we use! Great post 🙂

  3. So true about getting into the habit of just saying things automatically. I used to do that with ‘sorry’ but have eliminated it from my ‘habitual vocabulary’ because the things I said it about weren’t actually worthy of an apology. So I definitely agree to re-focus on the words we use! Great post 🙂

  4. It must be cultural. There are not that much thank yous in Spain and I sometimes miss it 🙂 My goodness trough your photos it looks like loads of fun! 🙂

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