When I was a child, I was encouraged to write thank you notes whenever I received a gift or some other unexpected thoughtfulness. After every birthday, Christmas, etc., I sat down with my mom to pen a quick thank you to the gifter. She would pull out her box of pretty, blank cards and we would create our own heartfelt message. As I grew older, this became my own responsibility to remember. Graduation and wedding thank yous-ugh...so time consuming. When my father passed away, the thank yous somehow changed, they became more meaningful, and somehow felt a little like healing.
And now that I am older, I have come to realize what all those little notes of thank you must have also meant to the receivers. My niece once sent me a thank you for the birthday card I sent her. She was 8 years old at the time :) This little gesture meant so much I still have it; she is now a freshman in college.
This week, the MSRT received two thank you notes which caused my nostalgia for the art of the thank you note to be reborn. These little notes of gratitude make the things you do, the small sacrifices we deem as part of our job as your MSRT Board of Directors and Annual Meeting Planning Committee, all the more worthwhile.
I have posted these thank yous below for all to read. I encourage you all to rethink the art of the thank you note. This little gesture might just give the little boost of life to someone who needs to hear that they are worth something, that their sacrifices mean the world to you, or that they are simply appreciated beyond measure.
AND SO, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!! YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO US AND ARE THE VERY REASON WE CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE LOVE, AND REASON WE SHARE OUR SOCIETY KNOWLEDGE WITH ALL OF YOU!
Dawn Keyser, MSRT Webmaster on the behalf of the MSRT Board of Directors, Committee Chairmen and all our active committee members.