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.
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.
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.