I have been overwhelmed by the generosity in the wake of the devastating storms in southeast Texas including my home town of Houston. I have had well wishes and prayers from all over the globe and I am so grateful for all the support you have shown to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Your prayers have been felt and answered. Daily, this city is recovering even as flood waters a week later (yes a week later) continue to rise and still displace Texans. I see support on TV, at football games, on social media, in grocery stores, in small businesses-everywhere. So from the bottom of my heart thank you for all the love you have shown this last week.
I was reminded of how far a thank you goes recently when lending a hand to a co-worker who had lost everything in the wake of Harvey storms. His thank you meant more to me than he could ever know. Thank you matters and that was the reason for today's post. I know my city and much of southwest Houston is tired. They are tired of rain, tired of destruction, tired of pain and it is just a hard task of rebuilding. But even when we are tired or times are tough, you can never underestimate how much a thank you does. It lets people know their work is not in vain. Further, it lets them know that they are a valuable member of a team, family, or friend circle. People want to work hard and help those who value and appreciate them. You can get much better relationships and (in the work place) productivity from those who work with you if you are encouraging and thankful.
So next time you are not getting all you need from a co-worker, family member, or friend, I submit that rather than start with a complaint, be appreciative of what they have done first. Many rarely get a good word in this work-a-day world. You may give the best word they hear all day. So give someone a lift today. You never know the productivity and joyful response that will follow.
So just one more time because this thank you really matters - thank you, thank you to all of you who have given words of encouragement to those in this literal storm in life. Let's remember many live in storms we cannot see every day. Please keep up the prayers and encouragement for others in need. I cannot say what an amazing blessing you have been from all parts of the world. THANK YOU!
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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