I couldn’t let the week go by without sending out a great BIG ThAnK YoU to all of our readers who are teachers! As our country celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week I want to remind you all that whether you are teaching first graders (as I did for 8 years!), Sunday school, high school, music, art, coaching little league, teaching your granddaughter to sew, or your children how to plant a garden…YoU ArE making a difference in the life of a child!
A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes. ~Author Unknown
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
In this day and age you never know what to expect when you have to call a store or company for information. Automated systems, press the number to reach x, y, and z, endless directories leading to nowhere, give me your mother’s maiden name and the first initial of the best man at your wedding…and that is all BeFoRe speaking to a real live person! You can easily spend the 10 minutes you set aside in your day to take care of what seemed like a simple task just trying to get through to talk to an actual human being.
Last summer I bought an AdoRaBle pair of Lindsay-Phillips SwitchFlops (flip-flops that have removable straps that can be changed to match any outfit) that wore out in the toe on one shoe. Since I had invested in the SwitchFlops and a variety of straps to coordinate with different outfits I was upset that the shoes only lasted half a season. I went onto the website and looked up the phone number for customer service. I left a message explaining the situation with my shoe and was pleased to receive a call back within a day. Not only was the woman who I spoke with friendly and helpful, but since the pair of SwitchFlops that I purchased last season was no longer available she let me pick out TwO pairs in place of the pair that I had! How’s that for customer service?!!!
In this fast paced, high-tech world we live in, it is nice to be reminded that there are still smaller companies out there that DO take the time to put their customer’s satisfaction first.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
If there was one thing my mother made sure my sister and I learned growing up it was that if someone does something nice for you, you need to say ThAnK YoU or write them a thank you note. Our house growing up was a center hall colonial and at the bottom of the stairs my mom would leave reminder notes for the two of us. After birthdays or holidays we always knew one of the notes written in dark black sharpie marker would say, “Girls, don’t forget to write thank you notes for Aunt Pat, Uncle Steve, Uncle Cliff, ect.” Writing the thank you notes drove us crazy and we just couldn’t understand why it was such a big deal to our mom.
It took a long time to admit, but in my twentys I completely understood why my mom had stressed the importance of thanking friends, family, and strangers for gifts big or small. Not only is it important to show gratitude when someone does something nice for you, but it also lets that person know how much you ApPrEcIaTe them. My sister and I still tease our mom about her black sharpie marker notes at the bottom of the staircase, but we will always be grateful that she instilled in us the importance of letting people know when they have made a difference in our lives.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
How do you respond when someone gives you a compliment? Do you shrug your shoulders, shake your head, start laughing, or just deny that the compliment is true? Have you ever given someone a compliment who responded in this way? How did it make you feel?
When I was a camp counselor in college, people use to compliment my singing talent quite often. I never made a big deal about it, and come to think of it, at times I don’t even think I said “thank you.” It probably sounded more like “Oh. Well, I had a good music teacher.” It wasn’t until someone called me out on it that I realized how my responses were rude to the person giving them, let alone to myself and God!
Being HuMbLe is a quality that God wants us to possess, but being COURTEOUS in our response is also important. If someone gives us a compliment, whether we agree with them or not, we need to be kind in our reply. A simple “Thank you” will do, allowing you to be a gracious and humble receiver.
Some people don’t accept compliments well because they don’t like to be in the spotlight. If that is the case for you, remember that all of our talents or successes in life are because God blessed us with them. He gives each of us a talent whether it is a quality singing voice, a warming smile, or being a good listener. By saying “THANK YOU” not only does it show appreciation to the person giving the compliment, but also thanks God for the wonderful qualities he has given us!
Next time someone says something N I C E try responding with confidence and appreciation! It will not only make you feel better but will encourage others to continue sharing a good word!