Have you ever been in a position where someone gives you a compliment, or a gift, and you feel a need to explain more? Would it make a difference? What if you just said, “Thank you!” and appreciated the compliment, or gift? Would that maybe say more of what you MEAN to the giver?
Gratitude makes a difference…
In a world where there is shockingly not nearly enough gratitude to go around, I’m finding more and more that if I just acknowledge the gift, the compliment, or the giver, with a generous show of appreciation for what they’ve said… The benefit is mine.
Not only do they recognize that I appreciate their generosity, but I loose that incredible need to explain away their gift in my over-sight and reasoning. I can just feel good and relish their compliment or gift.
When you say “Thank you!” you give back a gift of gratitude to the giver.
When you offer up a gift, don’t you want to know it’s appreciated? Give the giver back what they want from you, instead of dismissing their gift with an explanation!
Just say Thank You!
So, today I was reading Adrienne Ross’ Facebook wall and she said the best advice she ever received was from her mother, “Shhhhh!” She went on to say that once, her mother said, “Just say Thank You!” when Adrienne had wanted to continue the discussion with a conversation, an explanation of why she’d done whatever she did… I read through the message, thinking of all the things I dismissed a compliment or a gift, by reiterating why I didn’t deserve it. Shameful! I should have simply said, “Thank you!” and appreciated the efforts of the giver. That would have been the appropriate, appreciative thing to do.
Show gratitude instead…
So, my response to this lesson I’ve learned today is to say “Thank you!”
I just want to show my gratitude to my readers, to my clients, and to my business associates… Thank you for being so generous to me and my business.
I appreciate each and every one of you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!