I am a working mother and have a very active 16 month old little girl. Juggling my busy life with RR MS takes help and I am thankful to have a great support network.
More than ever now that I am a mother, I find myself writing thank you notes. I am from the school of thought that thank you notes are pretty much always appropriate. In the current times, a lax way of thanking someone is to send a text message or an email. I prefer to take a minute to send a thoughtful, handwritten note when someone does something for me that I appreciate.
As a new mom, I have sent more thank you notes in the last year and a half than I have sent in my life! Now that my daughter can hold a crayon in her hand, she also adds a scribbled message to notes that relate to her.
But this continues a trend as I have always used thank you notes when I come in contact with medical professionals who give me great service. As I have RR MS, I have a host of doctors, nurses and phlebotomists that have made my life easier and oftentimes less painful. When someone in the medical field does something nice for me, I thank them. Even when I have been super sick, it is always on the top of my to-do list when I feel better to acknowledge the people that helped me.
So as a committed thank you note writer, here are my tips:
- Buy cards in bulk. The cards don’t necessarily have to say “thank you” and they can be blank. I usually have a variety in my stash to choose from because choosing a unique card is another way of personalizing the note.
- Keep the cards on-hand. If the cards are at work and at home, there is never an available excuse not to send one.
- Be sincere. Think about what you are going to say before you start writing. I have received thank you cards following bridal and baby showers that are handwritten with repeatable stock language. A thank you card that is insincere can be as rude of a gesture as not sending a note at all.
- Be timely. Take the time to write your notes but also find the time to mail them promptly.