Archive for January, 2011

Expressing Thanks

January 31, 2011

I saw a segment on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday that I liked.  It was on the importance of expressing thanks by writing written thank you notes.  The link to the segment is here:  Written Thank You Notes.

I can’t remember writing thank you notes as a child.  My family lived in the same area.  When I got a gift, it was easy to just say thank you in person.  After I was married, my wife taught me the importance of writing thank you notes and it became part of the process of Christmas and birthdays:  you get a gift and you write a thank you.

The CBS reporter doing the segment started his report by saying that he thinks the written thank you has gone the way of the curtsy and “that is a good thing.”   He thought that the “paperless, mannerless”  world of today has moved beyond the written thank you note.  He also interviewed Los Angeles attorney John Kralik, who has written 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life.

Expressing thanks, either orally or written, is a way of showing gratitude.  I know how I feel when someone sincerely tells me thank you.  It is just a simple thing to do.  And it is something that we all can easily do.  I like the idea of the written thank you as a way of expressing gratitude.  We might all like to give it a try.

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Tucson

January 13, 2011

By now, I’m sure everyone knows about the terrible shootings in Tucson that occurred on Saturday.  Much, perhaps too much, has been written about the reasons and motivations behind the shooting and also how those speculations are misguided.  [For a good analysis, please check Charles Krauthammer’s 1/12/11 column in the Washington Post here.]

My criticism of the news coverage is regarding something that I haven’t seen discussed.  Why do we need to see the photo of the killer?  As far as I’m concerned, the best way to handle this is to completely block any reference to his image and his name.  We can easily find his name if we need to know it, but why have the name and the image of this murderer constantly before us?  Why reward him with fame?