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:
Peacock decorative vase Louis Comfort Tiffany

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).  🙂

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Posted on October 17, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. I won’t say anything nice but it’s definitely NOT creepy. I’m sure enjoyed it.

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  2. All I will say is if someone bothered to send me a card like that I would be very pleased 🙂

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  3. beautiful sharing!
    it’s only human
    to desire connection 🙂

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  4. We love artists 4 peace! Love this post!

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  5. not creepy. NOT creepy. I also gave you my unofficial, made up, not real but is real, Intrepid, Incredible, Amazing Baker award…..and, I love the non-award but love comments button…..may I borrow? It is great. I don’t know how I missed it before. and no nice comments but again, not creepy! ❤

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    • Thanks, I appreciate that, and thanks for the award, I just saw it. I don’t think I deserve it but I’m happy to accept it anyway LOL. My Bundt looked pretty awful but it tasted good thanks to your recipe.
      Of course you can use the no-awards button. I’d be honoured if you used it. Can you grab it okay from my page or do you want me to send you a JPEG?

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  6. This post gave me an idea for your amazing artwork. Why don’t you make your own line of greeting cards? They would range from lovely to oh so cool.

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    • Thanks so much!
      I had a couple of designs made up into notecards years ago but I didn’t really know how to sell them. This was in the days before Etsy and so on. I’ve never been any good at selling my stuff. I’ve only sold one item through deviantART so far but I don’t really mind. I was in two minds about whether I wanted to be responsible for people adding more clutter to their lives. 🙂 (If you’re interested most of my stuff on dA is available for free download.)

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  7. Kudos for being honest about your altruism. I can totally relate and I commend you for your kindnesses. I had a similar post about a year ago, acknowledging that I do nice things but it’s partially because I want to feel good about myself. True selflessness is difficult, but it says something about you that you’re trying. 🙂

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  8. Thoughtfulness always matters. No need to justify kindness. Random acts of kindness always brighten my day, pay it forward that’s what I say. 🙂

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  9. When I get outstanding help and service I send a letter of appreciation to their boss.

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    • That’s great Carl. What a nice idea. Outstanding service should definitely be rewarded but sometimes bosses don’t realise that some of their employees are going the extra mile. This is a great way to get those employees more recognition. 😀

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  10. Sara…I’m going to take Conversations off my blog. I’m editing, etc., I’m just waiting for you to finish reading it:) LOL So let me know when you’re done. Thank you:)

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    • Oh really? Thanks for waiting. My next piece of art was inspired by it. It’s taking a while to finish, but I hope to post it for Hallowe’en if you wouldn’t mind. Do you mind if I mention your Conversation series?
      I don’t mind if you want to take it off now as long as I can buy the finished version. 🙂

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  11. Glad to see You write on subjects other than Your ‘Art,’ Sarah! Kudos.

    You have been very honest, Sarah, and for that one has to commend You.

    But I am sure You know by now that You have to go quite a lot beyond

    that.

    Happiness comes from Knowing that one has Done the Right thing, and Done

    it Properly and Well.

    The ‘Other’s’ acknowledgement is Absolutely unnecessary for this. MOST

    people are Apathetic. If Our happiness were to depend on their ‘smiling

    back,’ We would get nowhere. Because Most people are lost in their own worlds, do not even notice a smile, and thus cannot acknowledge it.

    Writing Thank You notes, ‘For the Same Reason,’ ie, to get Appreciation, is also a disappointing step. That too when the association has lasted just a few minutes. A Thank You is Always in order, but if this leaves one wondering if one’s steps have been appreciated, it shows the vacuum We are living in.

    So, We do the Right thing. That is, in this case, being Appreciative. Whether or not it is acknowledged depends on the Strength or the Weakness of the Other! 🙂

    Regards.

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  12. Thank you for the follow!
    Just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to my community.
    I am honored to have you join us. I pray that I will continue to deliver
    content that inspires you and makes the world a brighter place to live in.
    Hope to see you here often.
    Have a great day!

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  13. Interesting post dear Sarah, The only way I can find you at the moment is through your likes on my blog!!! – I am sorry to have to admit that. fondly Eve

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  14. Thank you for sharing 🙂 Tomorrow is the big day so it will post on A4P!

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  15. I’m trying not to write anything nice but it isn’t easy. I honestly don’t think it would make a difference if it was written by a man or not it would still be received in the same way…gratefully. People in any sort of service industry rarely feel appreciated and it’s nice to have it acknowledged that they’ve done their job properly .
    I know I’d have been grateful to have received a card like that when I was working.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • 😀 Thank you for your comment David, I appreciate it. I’m just an incorrigible worrywart I guess. 😉
      Thank you for the hugs. I’ve always been a big fan of hugs. 😀
      Here’s a {{{HUG}}} for you too.

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