Gracias. Merci. Grazie. Mahalo. Danke sehr. Arigato. Efharisto.
Thank you. Two simple words that can mean so much. How often do you say “thank you”? Do you say it when someone blesses you after you sneeze, do you say it when someone holds the door for you, or do you say it when the waiter takes your order? Saying thank you is an easy task, but some don’t say it as much as they could.
During my last week at IMG Academy, I received handwritten thank you notes from a few of co-workers. I had also handwritten thank you notes for some of my co-workers and my supervisors. Why handwritten? It’s more personal, it takes more time than a simple email or text, and it has the ability to convey appreciation in a different way. Often people shy away from handwritten notes and use the excuse that their handwriting isn’t pretty or legible. The difference, in my opinion, is that handwritten notes show effort, a personal touch, and a level of classiness to whom you are sending the note.
Say thank you. Say it for the little things, for the big things, and every thing in between. How many times have you thanked your coaches for volunteering their time to be with you at practice? How many times did they stay late with you, help with technique, or support you through something? Did you say thank you? Now’s the time. Be genuine, be you, and mean it from the heart.
As a coach, how many times did you thank your athletes for their efforts, hard work, or being a part of the team? How many times have you thank your other coaches for dedicating their time, or even the event staff for helping? There are many ways to say it, yet it can be said less than necessary. Let’s change that.
Saying thank you is so simple, but meaning it takes effort. While working in a restaurant as a waitress, I had a family at my table who were all deaf. As I greeted them, I became aware that they all used sign language to communicate to each other. The man who did the majority of the ordering expressed that he could read lips, and he would type certain words or phrases in a blank message on his phone for me to understand. At the end of their meal and after dropping off the check, I signed to him and all of his family “thank you”. He smiled immediately; I could see the look in his eyes, and knew that it meant something to him.