Why do we do it? What’s wrong with us? Someone says “THANK YOU,” and we look at them and say … “eh, it was nothing.”
In a world where there seems to be very little appreciation, it’s a shame when someone expresses appreciation and we don’t even honor it. Rarely do we intend to be rude, that’s not it. I think it’s because we have a hard time believing we deserve thanks, because we have “attitude” with ourselves. We simply can’t “RECEIVE” it.
Years ago we attended a great leadership program and we were instructed to take out a dollar and walk around and give it to another person, however, NO ONE was allowed to accept the dollar. It was a eye opening — we had a gift for someone and no one to give it to.
I think that’s what its like when someone says “THANKS” and we don’t accept it, instead we diminish with our own attitude that we don’t deserve thanks, or perhaps that we are not worthy.
We need an attitude adjustment, we need to practice receiving thanks, and be generous with sincerely saying “you’re welcome.”
And it wouldn’t hurt if we were to practice giving more thanks, too. After all, can we have too much appreciation? I think not.