I used to be great at writing thank you notes and never missed an opportunity to send one. In fact, sometimes I send a thank you for a thank you card received. I love the opportunity to tell people how much they are appreciated and loved.
And then… enter the busyness of motherhood, hundreds of other things to get done today, and let’s not forget nowadays that a quick Facebook message to say thank you electronically seems to suffice. I feel I’ve lost the art of writing thank you notes and messages of appreciation. Perhaps you can relate?
So this is my next area of being intentional. There’s nothing quite like a homemade thank you card, sometimes a small gift of appreciation, and some thoughtful words tucked away inside your card.
Here’s a random list of ideas for reviving the art of sending a thank you note.
- Say thank you for anything, no matter how big or small – thank you for time given, a gift given, words given, love given, friendship given.
- Send your note as soon as you can after receiving something.
- Hand-write the words instead of typing it.
- Use a calligraphy pen to write your words.
- Say thank you, and why you’re thankful. You might like to include what you intend to do with your gift, for example.
- Be appropriate for your recipient – if it’s a business thank you, or someone you don’t know well, choose your words wisely.
- Try not to exaggerate, but say enough to be specific and genuine.
- Keep your words concise and don’t ramble.
- Handmade cards and notes can be extra special – you could even re-use scraps and bits that would otherwise be thrown away (eg. paper dollies, cut-outs from old cards and magazines etc).
- Model this with your children, and encourage them to write thank you notes for when they receive birthday gifts.
- Don’t forget to actually send them! As I write this, I have 2 cards ready to send with stamps on them, and one finished card that still needs an envelope. I’m determined to see this through!
And now I must remember to follow through on all this myself!