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Several years ago, I was teaching a class of 16 and 17 year old girls. Some class sessions were wonderful and inspiring, but more often than not I left class feeling like I had just spent 40 minutes talking to a pile of coats. The girls weren't horrible….they just didn't seem to pay much attention. Between whispered giggles, yawns, and checking their phones, I wasn't sure if they were even listening.
One week, one of the girls in my class handed me a small slip of paper. On the tiny scrap of paper, she had written, "I know it probably doesn't seem like I'm listening sometimes, know that I always am, and I appreciate your lessons each week. Thank you for being such a great teacher."
What a difference that little thank you note made! I looked at each of those girls differently from that day on, and I certainly planned my lessons with a different perspective, too.
Have you ever noticed that it feels just as good to give thanks as it does to receive it? Have you ever had an instance where someone did something worthy of your thanks and you didn't have a chance to express your thanks?
SendThanks.com has a simple mission – "to celebratie our human connection and express appreciation for all that we have to be thankful for. To remember with gratitude family, friends and even strangers who extend themselves to others with love and friendship and who choose to respond with wise and compassionate words." Isn't that a wonderful and refreshing idea?
On SendThanks.com, you can easily set up an account and send virtual thank you notes. Notes can be emailed to your recipient, shared on social networks, or simply posted on the SendThanks.com site. Signing up for an account is free and only takes a couple of minutes. Here is a quick thank you note that I created:
You can visit SendThanks.com to send a quick note of thanks to anyone, for any reason, anytime – it’s fun, fast, and free. If you'd like to get more involved in the Send Thanks community, you can create your own journals (private or for the whole world to see!), express yourself through writing articles, or design albums with your favorite photos, videos, and music.
Who would you like to send a virtual thank you note to? I'd love to hear your thanks-worthy stories!
I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between. (Formerly Better in Bulk)