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Thank you cards?

July 10, 2013

Do you write ‘Thank You’ cards? As I was driving along yesterday listening to the radio I was so surprised when an ad came on and the person speaking asked ‘Do you write Thank You notes?’ The person in the ad went on to say that his mother taught him to write a Thank You note when he was given something. Listening to this ad I was wondering where it was going? Have you heard this ad? Anyway, the person in the ad continued by saying he wanted to thank McDonalds. Honestly, I didn’t pay attention to the rest of the ad. I wish I had because I don’t know what he was thanking McDonalds for. I was so taken with the idea that the advertising industry thought to include the notion of writing a ‘Thank You’ note.

I believe in writing ‘Thank You’ notes. So much so that in the second edition of my book I have added a section on how to write a good ‘Thank You’ note as well as why you should write them.

So, back to my original question… do you write ‘Thank You’ notes? If you do, is it because you feel obliged to write the note or is it because you really want to convey your gratitude to the person (or business) who gave you something?

Oprah refers to expressing gratitude in her magazine often. I can remember first hearing her talk about a gratitude journal. I thought it was a great idea to everyday, at the end of the day, write down three things for which you are thankful. I’ll be honest, I did not go out and buy a journal but hearing that idea did prompt me to everyday list in my mind some of the things, the blessings, I have in my life for which I am eternally grateful.

Writing a ‘Thank You’ note is such a small task. Yet, it can give someone a boost in their day to know that the recipient of a gift acknowledges the gift and is appreciative of the donor’s thoughtfulness. Why not take a few minutes, put pen to paper, and write someone today to let them know you are thankful for whatever it is they have given you? 

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A Change in PLans?

June 27, 2013

After a very busy weekend (2 wonderful clients totaling 7 hours of work on Sunday) I had planned for my Monday to be a relaxing day. Everyone needs a day off to unwind, right? This is what my plan looked like: early morning workout followed by some quality time in my garden. My roses, geraniums and petunias are all begging for attention which I was going to give them happily. I was also going to do a little weeding and pruning. After that, I planned to take the July issue of the Oprah magazine and relax in the sunshine in my garden.

I know you can tell by the way I’m writing this that none of that happened. Well, I pulled out of my driveway and the warning low tire pressure alarm came on in my car. So, I pulled back up the driveway and asked my husband to look at the offending tire. Sure enough, it needed air but worse than that the tire had a slash in it and a huge bulge toward the rim. 

I did go and workout. I figured there was nothing I could do about my tire problem at 7:30 in the morning. When I got back I made an appointment to have the tire changed on my car. So, here I sit writing this blog while my car is being fixed. No gardening will happen this morning and it certainly wasn’t relaxing. But, if I turn this around there is a bright side. My car tire didn’t blow as I was driving along the highway. I am often driving on the highway, so I am thankful that didn’t happen! I didn’t have a client this morning that I would have had to reschedule. I brought work with me so that I could make good use of the time I am spending waiting. All things considered it could have been worse.

What do you do when the plans you made can not be carried out? Do you have a back-up plan? Do you consider your options and make the best out of whatever the situation turns out to be?

I find that if I keep myself focused on my priorities things generally speaking have a way of working out. So, I didn’t get to work in my garden this morning and I wasn’t able to read the Oprah magazine. On the bright side, I got some computer work done, the tire didn’t blow on the highway causing me to have a breakdown, my tire will be fixed in a few minutes and I will be on my way! My garden and magazine will be there when I get home.

Listen to yourself!

August 17, 2011

Have you read the August issue of O The Oprah Magazine? I have been reading and re-reading the cover story titled “Let Intuition Be Your Guide”. Are you wondering why I am so fascinated? This cover story has a series of articleswhich describe the various ways intuition or our intuitive sense manifests itself. Martha Beck wrote a great commentary in which she names her inner voices Fang (her loud and socially conscious inner voice) and Buddy(the quiet inner voice). I always read Martha Beck’s column because I love her tremendous sense of humor which accompanies  her wise words. If I were to name the loud voice – the one who can speak to me despite all the activities I get involved with – I think her name would simply be ‘LOUD’. The quiet voice – the one who tells the truth – I would name ‘Flower’. Why? Well, for two reasons. One: because I love to garden and often do some of my best intuitive thinking when I am pruning plants, pulling weeds, or just simply ‘playing’ in my garden. Two: because I love the skunk named “Flower’ in the Disney movie, Bambi. She wisely says (and I quoted this to my boys ALL the time when they were growing up) “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Anyway, all the pieces are interesting and speak to me. I tend to get very busy. When I am in one of these busy modes I sometimes forget to be still and to listen to the silence. In the silence, when I take the time to listen, I hear and understand better the nuances of my life and of those I hold dear.  As a professional organizer, I ask my clients a few questions before we start organizing. First: to tell me what is bothering them most? Second: to list their priorities. From there we create an organizing plan.  I think sitting quietly and letting their intuition speak to them might help my clients answer these questions.

If you have not picked up this magazine go out and get it. I promise you’ll find this series of articles, at the very least, interesing!