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Thank you cards, the text message, the phone call, and the hug, oh my!
With so many ways of saying thank you and the holidays coming up its good to prepare how will you say thank you.
Thank you cards:
There seem to be two camps here. The first one, maybe a specific generation, will die on this hill. They believe thank you cards should be written before anything else happens. The other camp of people, from another generation, seem to believe that a face to face thank you is sufficient. I have never been very good at thank you cards, and I’ve passed that down to my kids.
Now I believe my ability to communicate has vastly improved thanks to text messaging. I love being able to send a quick, but meaningful message by text when I am thinking about the person. I know that texting is a generational form of communication, but I don’t believe it can mean less then what it says. If I get a text saying thank you then I truly believe that person is thankful and all is well.
There is a great meem out there regarding the phone and how I don’t actually have a phone to make phone calls on. Honestly, if someone calls me directly my first reaction is that something is wrong. I wonder why they didn’t just text or email. The phone is reserved for doctors appointments and the occasional hi. If your receiving a phone call from me the likely hood that it is to say thank you is slim.
My personal favorite way of saying thank you. Rarely do I receive anything from someone that I cannot see face to face and give them a big hug for. If you’ve come to my party, I’ll give you a hug, if you’ve brought me dinner, I’ll give you a hug, and maybe just because I like you I’ll give you a hug.
The caveat to all of this is the number one rule in presenting, and that is you must know your audience.
When you are communicating thankfulness to someone other then yourself you have to take into consideration who they are. Are they part of the generation that only accepts thanks in the form of a card. Or will a text suffice? If you were given something that requires a thank you, you have a relationship with that person, so you know the answer. Sometimes, nay all the time, it is easier to live life how we want and never take into consideration those around us but isn’t that the basis of selfishness. I really do want to think outside myself and I want my kids to see outside themselves and I guess a great lesson I can learn from the other generation is to consider their feelings above my own.
My goal for this season is to say thank you in the language that my gift giver will receive it.