Most of us will have written thank-you notes at some point in our lives, expressing gratitude for a gift, a meal, a helping hand in an emergency, or a special favour. These are the ‘big’ gestures we’ve been trained to believe are worthy of a written expression of thanks.
What we don’t tend to say thank you for, or even sometimes notice as often are the everyday, ongoing, quiet acts of care, kindness and thoughtfulness happening around us and for us all the time. Sometimes it takes the disruption of our daily life to remind us how much we count on the commitment of teachers, the dedication of nurses and doctors, the perseverance of posties and delivery drivers, or simply the constant support of friends, to name just a few. These people are so worthy of our gratitude for doing what they do day in and day out. And we don’t have to wait for a special occasion to thank them for who they are and what they do.