By June 1, 2010blog

I talk a lot about creating value. It’s important. But, there’s something that we all crave more than getting value for our money… and that is appreciation

Being appreciated as a customer, employee, boss, friend, husband, wife, child, human being… is priceless. It’s worth more than anything money can buy. It means we are loved.

Over the years I have flowed in and out of hand-writing thank you notes to those I appreciate. I’ve probably written over a thousand of them. I have welled up inside as I have written many of them. I have later seen them pinned up on cork boards, sitting on desks, and stuck to refrigerator doors of friends, family, and colleagues.

I don’t do it to get a reaction. I do it because it feels great to share a piece of my heart with others. I try to do it as soon as I get the inspiration. When my companies were smaller, I wrote thank you notes to coworkers to express what I uniquely appreciated about working with them.

Yes, it feels weird sometimes. And sometimes the receiver doesn’t know how to respond. But every time I do, I feel great. I’ve also done it via phone and email. But there’s something about the hand-written note, especially in our digital age, that means more to the person getting the note.

If “to appreciate” means “to add value”. I have discovered that “adding value” to my relationships makes my life more enjoyable.

Thank you to all of you who have given me a reason to appreciate.

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