At home, I take a lot of pleasure in my little box of note cards and greetings. Stationery is one of the very few things I make a point to seek out when I travel. Paper goods are inexpensive and easy to pack. Further, with the general accessibility of printing in every form from letterset to offset to desktop, stationery is also becoming a “local” business in most municipalities.
When I need to write a greeting or thank you note I flip through my supply, reliving many of the places where I bought the cards. I admit that I become so attached to certain cards that I save them for too long—waiting for the perfect recipient or occasion.
At the office, I have taken the habit of writing notes to each Grommet employee on the occasion of their work anniversary. I love to recognize their contributions and share my appreciation for their tenure and loyalty. It immediately ups my “joy quotient” to stop my pace on a busy workday and just think about that person who has been with us for two, three or five years. And I keep a stash of LovePop cards in my file cabinet just for that purpose.
Sometimes I travel with a few notecards and stamps tucked into my bag, especially during heavy travel periods when I start to feel out of touch with friends and family. I might fill in a few minutes while waiting for an appointment or a flight and somehow that simple act makes me feel so “together.” Like, “I can multi-task!” “I can make a nephew or a friend happy with just a small bit of advance planning.”
All of us have people who have enriched our lives. Everyone knows someone who deserves our recognition. Think about who that is for you: it might be a former teacher, a neighbor who watches out for your kids, an uncle who taught you how to throw, a local business owner, a coach, a former babysitter, or a former colleague. Often the people who most deserve appreciation from us are the ones who least expect it. They might be the furthest flung and would be totally delighted to receive an unexpected note “just because.”
So do it.
Any piece of paper will suffice. It’s the act of sending it that matters.
If you need an excuse, use National Thank You Day as air cover. It’s like your own personal Thanksgiving without the traffic jams and cooking.