I live in the UK and here these two little words (together with Sorry) are probably the most spoken ones. People might be considered over-polite here sometimes. When I lived in Brazil, no one used to thank the bus driver. Some people might do it but it’s just not part of the culture there. In the city where I lived, you left the bus through the back so even if you wanted to thank them, you wouldn’t be able to. Anyway, after living here, saying “Thank You” (or “Cheers”) became automatic. So today, I got the bus home and as I was getting off I said my usual “Thank You” to the bus driver. However, for some reason, it got me thinking this time. Why am I thanking him? Is it `Thank you for stopping for me`? Is it `Thank you for taking me to this place I needed to go`? Is it `Thank you for being a bus driver`? But then I’d just be thanking him for doing his job. Hmm, and that’s exactly what it is. And why not? Why not thank someone to do their job? We thank the shop assistants after they served us here, the waiters when they bring the food, the taxi drivers, delivery people, etc. Thanks for working with this. If you didn’t have this job, I wouldn’t get this service I need.
I’m a teacher and when I teach people, you could say I am only doing my job. However, I can’t help but feel better after a tiring day when my students leave the classroom and say…guess?…”Thank You”. And I can’t help but smile when I receive feedback from the students and at the end of the page there’s a big “Thank You” and a happy face.
So that’s my post today. Let’s thank away. These two little words are so easy to say and can make someone’s job a little bit worthier.
And thank you all my readers for making this blog so meaningful to me =)
- Thankfulness (gilhamfamily.wordpress.com)
- More Blessed Than Many (professionsforpeace.com)
- Newport bus driver saves student’s life (kgw.com)