One of my last bosses in the Air Force was very demanding. Not mean, just really demanding. It was aggravating sometimes, but all was forgotten when I found a hand written thank you note on my desk thanking me for pulling off a retirement ceremony in somewhat challenging circumstances.
Just last week, when I forgot to run the washer, I told my daughter to leave her basketball bag on the washer (to remind me) and I would pull out what she needed and deliver it to school. When I got home after walking her brother to school I found this post-it on the washer:
The cynical side of me could have thought this was her way of making sure her Mom brought exactly what was needed, but instead I was grateful for the "Thanks!" Yay! She noticed that her Mom is working hard taking care of her :-) (she's a really great kid, just plays her cards close to her chest :-))
By far the best thank you note I've seen in a while my neighbor showed me. This neighbor is the first person I met when we moved in, and he's been a joy to know over the years. He makes amazing rum cakes - all butter and rum and a little flour and sugar to hold it together. When I deployed he offered to send me some. After a short discussion on why he should not put "rum cake" on the label when sending them to the AOR, we christened them "Cam Cakes" and I received them regularly over the course of a year. Eventually my entire squadron recognized the size and shape of a Cam Cake box and would drop by my office and casually ask if I might be willing to share it. After I got home, Cam was nice enough to send cakes to other deployed friends, including one of the captains I worked with who I was close to during my deployment. She wrote him a lovely thank you, and just recently he showed us that he had kept it, and cherishes it. Look at the note he wrote on the envelop flap at the bottom:
"Please save - a lovely note that makes me proud and happy"
Take a moment over the holidays to thank someone who has made a difference for you. I know it will be cherished :-)