I have a deliberate practice to search for and notice the beauty of human beings. I then appreciate the individual I notice as often as I can. It makes me love the world I live in.
Whenever I stay in a hotel, along with the tip, I leave a personal note for the person taking care of so many travelers quietly and behind the scenes. A thank you note takes just a moment - it is such an easy way to increase happiness in the world. We just never know the heart and life of the hands holding that piece of paper later.
Small moments are the key to a better future for our world. We are all so busy and focused on the little computer in our palm. Can we hold that hand out to someone who has been in our physical presence rather than our technological one? Can we just start LIVING a LIKE button?
Creating a deliberate practice to NOTICE individuals and appreciate them is my focus in life. To appreciate without the expectation to receive anything in return.
I received this e-mail from someone creating their deliberate practice too. Love it. So look forward to a future when these kind of notes are so common people do not feel the need to thank for being thanked.
I love the world. Thank you dearest D who emailed me. It means so much to me. :)
So... following your lead, while staying at a hotel in xxxx, I left a note on my bed thanking whomever was straightening and cleaning my room. It was a simple note, I honestly don't remember exactly what I wrote... probably something like, "Thank you for taking such good care of me during my stay..." nothing more for sure.
As I went to dinner tonight, the person behind the hotel check-in/out counter.... I'm sure there is a better name for the area... but it escapes me at the moment.... called me over and handed me a bag with a note beautifully tied with lace attached to the top... the very nice person behind the counter told me that they wanted to thank me for my kind note..... inside the bag was a wonderful bottle of wine (vintage 2002.... old must be good) and the note in the attached image.
Suffice to say, I'll stay here anytime I'm in the area. BUT.... what really struck me was the power of a simple note...
Thank you for sharing this little gem with me. Every day, I privately (alright, I guess if I'm telling you, it is not very private) ask to be a light to someone during the day. In this case, it backfired, as the staff of the hotel were a light too me...
Name withheld to protect his privacy
This is such a good example of how humans often miscommunicate:
Colbert and Newsom
If folks do not understand what is being said: USE an example.
To increase understanding: help people FIND THEMSELVES in what you are trying to say.
Examples. Use them.
In case my link above gives you trouble:
I'm so thinking of you
All of you
Who left your family and your home
To serve your country
In absolute awe of you
I think of you today knowing my ability to peek in on a sleeping boy
And listen to his breathing and dream words
Even tiptoe in to smell his hair and rearrange his blankets
I am lucky for that
You left your family and left that
For all of us
I can't imagine the strength and the honor it took to do that
Today - I think of you.
I thank you.
I love you.
We all must live each day
Being worthy of the incredible heart
It took for you to do that for us
We must act now in a way that makes you proud
All of us
Each of us