Thank You Card
I try to do considerate things like giving people heading for the ticket machine my car park ticket if it has plenty of time left on it, buying the Big Issue, donating to charity shops, letting people in a rush go ahead of me in a queue, that kind of thing. All of those things though have one thing in common. The people on the receiving end can see me, and they usually thank me with a smile, and that makes me feel good. My acts of kindness are thus not entirely altruistic – I get pleasure from cheering someone up plus my ego gets a bit of a stroke. Next month’s topic on the Artists4Peace Blog is “Random Acts of Art and Kindness“. When I saw this I decided to do something different. I wrote an anonymous thank you card to someone whom I had only spent a few minutes with. This is what I wrote:
When dealing with officialdom it is refreshing to come across a worker like yourself: someone pleasant and helpful who does what they say they will promptly and carefully. You brightened my day so I wanted to brighten yours. I hope this works.
Best wishes from a satisfied “customer”.
I wrote it on a nice card which had a picture of a stained glass panel by Tiffany. (I’ve been a Tiffany fan ever since I saw the collection in the Haworth Art Gallery, U.K. as a child. I went back a few years ago with my mother and daughter, and we had a lovely time.) Now that it’s been a while since I sent it, I find that I’m worried about it. Did she like it or did she think it was creepy? I have no idea. I can’t look in her eyes and know that I made a difference. I’m not sorry I did it but I’ve found it to be a whole different experience from usual. I expected that I wouldn’t feel so good but I didn’t expect to be worried.
Maybe my ego wants me to publish this for some more ego-stroking so please don’t say anything nice! Feel free NOT to comment on this one! I’m posting it a) because I found it interesting and b) because I want to make sure I have something to submit to the Artists4Peace blog (my muse is sleeping at the moment). 🙂