Some very simple things like saying please and thank you. I am sure our parents taught us those simple words when we were little. Just because we have become older we are not exempt from these simple niceties. I certainly appreciate hearing those words or receiving those sentiments via an email or even a card or a note or a letter in the mail. It is only a brief minute or two in your life to pass on your thanks but those minutes are greatly appreciated. The funny thing is, I have found that even if I am the one doing the thanking it does make me feel good too.
I would like to extend this thought to other communication as well. Sometimes a quick email, phone call or note can save ongoing confusion or misunderstanding. Remember the old adage - do unto others as you would have them do unto you!! It is so true. I am going to make an effort to make sure that I respond to people in a timely fashion. I am going to remind myself not to fall into the trap of making assumptions. Remember that people are not mind readers - you may just have to reply to their email or phone message, you may just need to initiate a conversation to keep others informed and updated on things that concern them.
Let's all make the effort to act well towards each other. I am certainly making that a challenge to myself and I have extended that to challenging myself to send a note of thanks or gratitude to at least one person each week this year. Hope that my act of acting well towards others will become a habit for me.