A Note of Thanks

I am so grateful to all of the wonderful bloggers and web-surfers out there who have viewed, commented or helped me with my site.  What an outpouring of ideas, encouragements, and general thumbs-up…my blog had its most hits today, and I know it reached its peak with help from certain individuals:

Nazia, who has offered such inspirational comments on many of my posts.  I almost feel like I’m hosting another blog:  her words are quite moving, and if you feel so inclined, take a look at some of the things she has had to say.

Jamie, from The New Hampshire Writers’ Network, who was kind enough to drop me a note with suggestions on my blog, even though I was a complete stranger to her at the time.  I will be incorporating many of her ideas into the site over the weekend.

Ferabeth, over at A Happy One: Hooks, Books & Saving the World.  Without ever making contact with me, she blogged about my blog…perhaps I’m still green at this art of online writing, but I got TONS of “warm fuzzies” (as she likes to call them) when I saw this.  You can read the post here, and check out her other postings, too.  I have a feeling we share similar views on enjoying the small things in life and finding our own “warm fuzzies” for the day!

Nghiand04, ragrobyn, dyosefina, miluko, Teri, ancaparema, Justin Toussant, and Heidi for being amongst my first commenters (and therefore, Support Team) and my first blogging friends.  A little note of a appreciation, from me to you…

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I’m learning more and more that the art of blogging really involves a reciprocation of kindness and generosity:  you comment on someone’s post, they turn around and comment on yours.  At the very least, the most polite blogger will surf to the page of their commenters to check it out and give the hit counter a boost.  I plan to blog all about this revelation at some point, but for the meantime, I will just say that I am positively surprised by the amount of personal consideration here on the Blog-O-Sphere. My RAC for the day also takes into account personal consideration, but on a more intimate level.

Thank You Notes:  how often do you receive these?  How often do you send these?  Do you send them only to show appreciation for a gift or service?  How often do you send these…just because?

I know, personally, that a.) I don’t receive thank you notes that often, b.) I send them when I can, but certainly not often enough, c.)I usually do only send them for an appreciated gift or act, and d.) I never send them “just because.” I certainly make an attempt to verbally thank people for even the slightest kindness, but somehow I forget to take that extra step and send my thanks via United States Postal Service.

And when you think about it…what is the slightest kindness?  What is something people do everyday without really thinking about it?  What is a service rendered that typically requires no thanks at all?  That, dear Watson, is the golden treasure of friendship…

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Tonight, I decided to change that trend.  I decided to send a random thank you note to a friend. Just a card to express my appreciation for everything they do…kind of like when a boss sends an encouraging “keep up the great work!” memo to their Employee of the Month.  And I began with a person who I owe a considerable amount of thanks to:

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The Mom deserves an entire blog dedicated to what an incredible woman she is.  Mere words cannot describe the love I have for her, and yet, I can’t seem to remember the last time I actually thanked her for all of her love, patience, kindness, generosity, fortitude, and Mom-ness she exudes day to day.  Not to mention her tenacity in dealing with my bottomless pit of college debt, her flair for interior decorating, and the God-given ability to perfectly iron everything. I think she’s a super hero in disguise.  And I’m pretty sure she could kick Superman’s ass, plus still have time to go home and make pumpkin ginger cookies with cinnamon frosting…and balance the budget.

So, this note will actually be hand-delivered to her tomorrow, as I will be making a short trek home over the weekend.  She deserves so much more than this, ‘cause hey…her role as a mother really is like a boss, sometimes:  she works hard to ensure I am functioning well, she always puts in overtime, she pushes me to succeed, and she usually buys me doughnuts.  Hey Momkeep up the great work.

RAC #15:  Sending a random thank you note to a friend (or The Mom)

Result:  I realize how much I really do appreciate her and how I need to verbalize it more, “warm fuzzies”

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Teri on November 13, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Yay for you! An ATH (all time high) is exciting!! 🙂 I did stop by earlier but was in the middle of a personal crisis much like yours (eating risotto, drinking wine, and talking to MY mom)…ahhh therapy.

    Anyway, congrats and continued blogging success.

    xo
    Teri

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    • Mmm, risotto…I have a great recipe for bacon and mushroom risotto if you’d like it! Hope your day improved (how can it NOT with wine?!?). Thanks for posting again!

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  2. Posted by Uncle Lewis on November 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Your blog provides me with “Warm Fuzzies” everyday. I am constantly impressed with your ability to write and express your feelings. I am also very grateful to have you in my life. I know I don’t say “Thank you” enough for everything you do for me. It is very cool that this small part of the world (bloggers or Bloggets) get to see this side of the amazing person you are. You all are getting to see this amazing side of an amazing woman. On top of all of that, she is very beautiful and worthy of so much love. I want to shout from the mountains how much I love her. Stay tuned everyone, Aunt Bethany’s post will get better and better!

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    • I swear, I did NOT pay this man to say these things! You are, as always, utterly eloquent and wonderful….my #1 fan. I am equally as blessed to have you as a part of my life.

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  3. Oh thanks a lot.I never thought my living style would have inspired you which I expressed in words under your topic.One thing I want to add in your expression as long as you are in position of giving , donation , contribution in form of money, material, sentiments, professional help or in aid process you would receive “thanks” response in all ways but the defining moments of real thanks would be judged when you have hard time.
    These are the best learning moments of one’s life to understand his/ her real nature of surrounding.if you have true lovers or friends and sincere blood relations they would give you perfect shield and moral boosters in difficult times and after that you would be perfect human being enriched in relations.
    If some how you couldnt recover a single thankful or obliged support at crucial times of life , even than say thanks to God that He provided you full opportunity to judge the intensity of human relations around you.

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  4. You would be surprise to hear that that I am into in favor of celebrating mother father days or any such kind of relations.
    You know why
    because my all days of life start with their name and ends by remembering them.When ever they are sick and troubles my cycle of celebrating such days start and it ends when I attended them and they are well out of problems.
    So why we pick a day in whole years to remember them on special ways.
    They are special people of our lives who had given us our time, energy, passions and all we demanded from them in time of need.
    They surely deserve more than what we are trying to convey them through our words.

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    • I wholeheartedly agree with you, Nazia. They deserve so much more than just day of recognition. They devote their entire lives to ensuring the safety and success of their children…we should be sending them thank you notes everyday for making us who we are.

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      • Posted by Nazia on November 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

        Here one thing I want to add that whatever we do at our peak time of energy, resources or in managing quality time at our busy hours for our needy relations like old or sick parents or for needy friends and relatives,these are considered some kind of our virtual investment or practical on hand lessons to our young generation.This is the way we teach our kids how to treat us too in same manner of love and passion as we are setting example of care for them.
        Some people live in such misconceptions as their parents didn’t do anything special so there is no need to attend them at their weak times and they put their all energy and efforts to their young ones.But this is my strong observation that these parents are badly backfired by their kids who don’t learn this practical examples from their parents and they ignored their parents in same manner as once done by them.In our culture this phenomena is known as process of “retribution.” where one has to pass the same phase of agony and trouble as he/she had given to deserved relations.

      • My parents made every day special, thank God. Even the simplest things growing up were cherished. I’d be a different person today if I wasn’t brought up in an atmosphere of appreciation and thankfulness.

  5. My mom is one of my VIP blog readers too. It is amazing how a mother’s love and support can span across so many platforms, even to the blogging world!

    It is also nice to know that “random people” who DON’T have to love you (or your blog) unconventionally, are enjoying following along!

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    • I am totally digging all the good vibes from everyone over the Blog-O-Sphere. The entire process is not solely dependant on how your readers view your material, but also largely on how you interact with them on their own sites. Electronic reciprocity! Does the heart good…

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad to see another Mom promoter in our midst!

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