Occasionally, I get asked to play manager at work. Yeah, I know. Who would trust me to tell others what to do? On these occasions I usually get a lot of help from my coworkers. Most of the time they listen to me. I appreciate that. And I let them know.
I think it’s important to tell my coworkers ‘thank you’ when they do something I ask them to do, and then again after they have completed the task. I want them to know how much I appreciate their cooperation. It’s important.
Earlier this week one of the workers said to me, ‘Hey man, you don’t have to thank me for doing my job.’
He wasn’t being mean. He was just stating it is his job, it is what he gets paid to do, so no need to show my appreciation.
While I respect my coworker, I disagree.
Sure, I don’t have to say thank you, but it is always good to hear, always good to know that someone appreciates something you’ve done. Thank you can go a long way to getting help in the future. It shows respect and it gains respect as well.
Thank you is something that so many folks have forgotten how to say. It’s something we should say more often.
That doesn’t just go for work, though. That goes for at home and out in public when someone holds a door for you. It also goes for writers. We do appreciate when you, the readers, purchase our books, or tell us about whether or not you like our work or not, or when you spread the word to others, or leave reviews for us.
So, I say this to you readers: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Without you, well, who would we write for? Sure, we say we write for ourselves, and there is some truth to that, but in reality, we write to be read. If no one is reading, well, there is no need to write.
So, thank you.
For anyone who has read my series, Dredging Up Memories, thank you.
For anyone who has read Along the Splintered Path, thank you.
For anyone who has read Southern Bones, thank you.
And for those who will read any of my work in the future, thank you.
Some may say there is no need to show appreciation. I disagree. I truly appreciate those readers who have read my work, and those writers and friends and family who have supported me over the years.
To all of you, Thank YOU.
Until we meet again, my friends…