Thank You Revolution: A Lasting Impression

 

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The note is still on her wall.Ten months after I wrote it, one of the team members of a client of mine still has my thank you note on her wall.I was visiting their office recently and sat at her cubicle. Pinned to the wall with a birth announcement from her sister and maybe three other items was a note that looked very familiar.

“Do you recognize that?” she asked.

“Wow, you’ve kept that all this time?” I replied.

“I read it often to remind me of the impact my work can have,” she answered.

One little note, that I didn’t even remember writing. That’s all it took to make her day, her week, and maybe even her year.
And I wonder why she has been so helpful over the past year.

I thanked her for doing her job.

Not for doing something extraordinary.

Not for going out of her way.

Not for some grand effort.

I was simply thankful for how she was helping me by doing her regular, every day job well.

Too often, the mundane in life goes unrewarded. Too often, what we expect to be done is done just as we expect it and we never say thank you. Too often, we take people for granted…until one day they are gone.

Many of you have already had experiences like mine. You’ve seen your notes on walls. You’ve been thanked for your thank you. You’ve received one yourself. You’ve seen company cultures changed, relationships deepened, and lives changed.

All because a pen touched paper, your heart bled ink, and lives were touched.

That is the Power of Gratitude. That is the essence of this Revolution.

Go make someone’s day.

With Gratitude,

Matt McWilliams
Matt McWilliams.com | Life. Leadership. Love. Learned the Hard Way

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  • Walking around my office, it’s neat to see my thank you notes pinned to the walls in people’s offices.

  • Thanks for sharing this story, Matt. It’s easy to forget how we impact others. We can forget about it, but they can charge ahead with a smal ice of encouragement. But we have to give it first.