Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Thank You Notes

I got a thank you note today that gave me the warm fuzzy’s – you know the feeling. It’s that feeling that the people involved were truly appreciative and it lets you know you did the right thing.

Well, that got me thinking about thank you notes, letters, and e-mails. The ones from friends and family are always special and meaningful. But, I get many thank you notes at work and most of them fall short.

A few are very nice and those I put those in the ‘I Love Me' file. The ‘I Love Me' file is a file I have so on really bad days I can pull it out, read a few notes and feel better.

Over the years, I must have thrown away a thousand or more thank you notes and letters. I kept a few really bad ones as examples of what not to write. My all time favorite has to be:

Dear Steve
Thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to speak at our meeting today. Your talk on (Insert Title Here) was enlightening and informative.
Thanks again.

It’s thank you notes like that which make you appreciate the warm fuzzy ones all that much more.


Blogger Cliff said...

Thanks for sharing this moment, Steve.
Now that's funny, I don't care who ya are.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

My post on our windmill is finished. Go look...

11:30 PM  
Blogger bobbie said...

I love your "I Love Me" file idea. We need something like that for the bad days. Lisa told me recently about two thank you's she received at work, and she was so excited about them. I told her to put them up on her bulletin board and look at them often.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Lanny said...

Ah what the heck, a form letter is a form letter, even if it is filled out correctly.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

This was a great blog post (insert name). Thanks.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

Dear Steve,
I have often scratched out the sender's name and wrote in my own, then sent it on to another person. That's usually good for a couple of Laffs.

But all joking aside, how are you doing there in [Check one] ___Nevada ___Florida ___W. Virginia ?

Great post.

5:33 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Fun post, but sad... Letter writing has all but disappeared and I wonder how many kids are ever taught to write Thank You notes anymore? I know I have even gotten bad about it if I think an email will do. But then I remember how nice it is to get a REAL note in the mailbox that you can pick up in your hand and read - or as someone said, post on your bulletin board.
I guess the form letter is better than nothing - but I am not sure.

12:31 PM  
Blogger nora said...

Funny stuff!

1:11 PM  

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