Last Thursday and Friday (March 16-17), DeAndre Gaines, my cousin who owns an app and software development company called Thank you and You’re Welcome participated and performed in South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. He also creates music he performs, which he did last week at SXSW. South by Southwest is every March in Austin, Texas. SXSW has festivals that celebrate the arts--film and music industries.
So, my cousin had a vendor table, and he performed his hiphop music, so as any entrepreneur would do, he and his team were posting pictures from the event. I saw his vendor table that said, “Thank you and You’re Welcome” along with his logo—two hands clasped together as if shaking hands. I began to reflect how often I hear the words/phrases "thank you" and "you’re welcome." As a child, we had to say them all time to everyone for every bit of kindness shown to us. Honestly, I don't hear them as much. I have come to the conclusion that I don't hear them as much; it is not as common. I miss people telling me those "thank you" and "you're welcoome."
We, as a society, really need to cultivate gratitude. Cultivate is try to acquire or develop a quality, sentiment, or skill--a habit. In order to cultivate, we must acquire, learn and develop, or develop, grow and start to exist, experience, or possess. To possess or achieve something, it takes practice… You must do it often; live it. So what is gratitude? Gratitude is being thankful and the ability to show appreciation for and to return kindness. To capitulate, we must acquire and grow in our ability to show appreciation for and to return kindess. We need to practice it often. We must cultivate gratitute.
To cultivate gratitude, we must:
When was the last time you have had someone tell you "thank you" or "you’re welcome" to you? Was it today? When was the last time you said those words, “Thank you” and “You’re Welcome,” and genuinely meant them?
The upcoming week PRACTICE being appreciative and returning kindess. Say "thank you" and "you're welcome" even when you think it is understood. Say it to strangers, people you do not know. Say it often. Do not go through the day without cultivating gratitude.
Say "Thank you" and "You're welcome!"
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