The Lost Art of Thank-You Notes- Randy Pausch

Topics: Randy Pausch, Morality, Employment Pages: 2 (712 words) Published: May 24, 2010
“The Lost Art of Thank-You Notes”

It has become unfortunate that something as simple as a thank-you note has been slowly forgotten and less prominent to the point that when one is actually received, it almost seems unusual. I believe Randy Pausch was correct when he said, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” The thank-you note is old-fashioned, simple and personal at the same time. Nevertheless, the emotion and gratitude that the gesture has carried through the years cannot even begin to be measured. When one receives the timeless gift of a thank-you note or an apology, the same emotions are triggered as they were years before. The thank-you note, as well as an apology, may be slowly forgotten and less prominent. However, it still has not lost its touch with emotion and gratitude. Unfortunately on some occasions, something that is so personal that also carries so much emotion and gratitude is not enough. Sometimes one has to go further than a thank-you note or an apology, and show that they are grateful or remorseful. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.

Depending on the person, it is likely that a thank-you note or an apology may very well impress a potential employer. When a potential employer is looking for someone to hire, the employer is going to be looking for someone with social skills, as well as someone who is respectful and considerate towards others. When a person gives someone a thank-you note, the person is giving and showing a piece of them as well with the note. As a result, the writer shows the receiver of the note that he or she is considerate, and respectful towards others. When being considerate of others, it shows that the person is capable and willing to give gratitude when gratitude should be given. Giving an apology shows that when one has made some sort of mistake, they are able to claim responsibility for their actions and accept the consequence, showing honesty in...
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