Published February 21, 2012
I had stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few items. The clerk scanned a few items, bagged them and placed the bag in my cart. I said, "Thank you."
She scanned more items and as she placed the next bag in my cart, I again said, "Thanks."
The clerk stopped, looked at me and said, "Are you going to say 'thank you' every time?"
I said, "Probably."
She responded with "That's rather cute. Are you are making up for the people who never say that?"
When I left her checkout line, she was smiling. What struck me was that saying "thank you" would even be a conversation point. Have we gotten so far from a common courtesy that a "thank you" is noticeable? Do we reserve such niceties for people we want to impress? If someone is just doing their job, don't they deserve a word of thanks?
It isn't just the big things that help people through difficult days. Sometimes it is the little smile or the simple "hello" or a sincere "thank you" that encourages others to keep on keeping on. Have you said thanks today?
By the way, you've just taken the time to read what I wrote. "Thank you."
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