The things that are easy to do are also the things that are easy not to do. The more the pace of our lives speed up, the greater the impact the simple gestures of life will have on those most deserving of them. And near the very top of my list of simple gestures that have profound consequences is the lost art of writing thank – you notes.
Everyone loves getting mail – it’s a fact of human nature. We all have a deep – seated need to feel important. I truly love receiving letters from people who have read my books and used the lessons within them to make positive changes in their lives. Few things excite me as much as receiving a bag full of mail from men and
women who have attended one of my seminars and seen their careers take off and their personal lives improve.And knowing how much joy I feel when I receive mail from others, I try my best to respond to every letter that comes across my desk with a thank – you note of my own.
Even in the case of the people I deal with on a daily basis – executives calling to book me for a speaking engagement, people who attend my personal coaching programs, members of the media requesting an interview and businesspeople calling me with new opportunities – I try to follow up on every encounter with a sincerely written thank – you note. Sure, it takes time. Sure, there might be pressing things on my agenda. But few acts have the power to build and cement relationships like a heart – felt letter of thanks. It shows you care and that you are considerate and human. So this week, go out and buy a package of the blank thank – you cards that are now available in bulk at your local office supply warehouse and start writing. You – and all the people that you deal with – will be glad you did.
The above article has been taken from the Book “Who will Cry When You Die” by Robin Sharma.
Black and white are truly decisive colors that can be interesting at times, and even at other times necessary. But there is nothing that truly brings out the beauty and truth in life than the many shades of grey. There are things that are definitely black or white, but if you were to paint everything over with just black or white, you would lose so many beautiful and amazing details that you could otherwise notice and that might help you to have a better perspective should you add a bit of grey!
Too many of us tend to make that very mistake when judging a situation, or when arriving to a decision. We apply the black or white rule and leave out the various shades of grey. If you go into any situation with a bucket of just black or white you risk missing out on a lot of beautiful details that could make the overall picture be so much more clear and relatable.
Take politics for example. There are too many people who are stuck on either Saffron or Green when making a choice or decision. The white in the Country often gets forgotten or ignored and therefore those who are so busy throwing their buckets of either Saffron or Green on everything can totally miss the whole point of what building a true democracy is really like, they are too busy trying to tear down or paint over the other color.
Life, love, relationships, politics, business, religion, and in fact everything has many different shades of grey. If you want to make it in any one thing, take your nose out of your paint bucket, then take a few steps back and the look at the canvas. As you focus on things with your new perspective, you might find that adding those shades of grey will complete your masterpiece, better your life and help you grow close the world around you!
Do you add shades of grey to your pictures? Or are you stuck with trying paint them all over with black or white?