It’s so important to recognize the positive things that people do. It’s so meaningful when you simply say, thank you. The ability to reinforce positive behavior through recognition is such a great power. You can turn someone’s mood around completely, just by noticing a small gesture or by acknowledging a huge accomplishment. You have to be aware, you have to pay attention to the small details that make up your day.
I hate when people don’t say thank you after you hold a door open for them, it makes me nuts. It always prompts me to yell out a big angry “you’re welcome!”. But it’s amazing how I get all happy and hippy when someone does say thank you, I think it’s a big wonderful world.
I also think the service industry is a thankless land filled with complaining patrons and pains in the asses. People have that fucked up sense of entitlement, like giving respect to the ones serving them isn’t necessary. Like it’s their right to be waited on and not a privilege.
It’s one of my favorite things to be super thankful to the bus boys at restaurants, or baggers at grocery stores, cab drivers, garbage men, those guys are the best, say thank you to a garbage man and you’ll see a face light up, seriously, yell “thank you!” to a garbage man as he’s lugging a heavy can over to the back of that smelly truck, it’s amazing. I like to appreciate the people that work their asses off and probably don’t get thanked as much as they should. And who knows, maybe I over thank, maybe it’s annoying, but I can’t help it, it makes me feel good. And it’s not like I’m condescending when I say it, I really mean it!
I guess I just fear any hard work, or good deed going unnoticed, because I know how far a little appreciation can go. I know that when I’m acknowledged for doing something well at work, my productivity and my passion increases significantly. When I feel like I’ve worked really hard on something, and no one bats an eye, it bums me out and I can see it affect my output. It’s not like I need constant kudos or anything like that, just a “nice job” now and again is perfect.
So now, I’d like to recognize all of you that take the time to read this blog and look at the photos I take, it means a lot to me, it gives a lot of purpose to my life, and I thank you very much.