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It's much easier for me to write how I feel about something when I've just experienced the moment. Even a simple, "Thank you, I loved it!" is more poignant and heartfelt when the thought first goes through my mind.. When I opened the box and looked inside that initial excitement is what I want the other person to hear and feel, too. But unless I tell them about it right away it takes a lot of work to get in touch with that initial joy, and the words are never quite as pure and explicit. That's why I record--in the moment--what I'm thinking. Then it's easier to find my way back to what I was feeling, when I'm ready to sit down and write, or call to say thank you.
It may sound contrived, recording my thoughts, and some people might think it cheapens or takes away from the sincerity of my reply. (What if they knew I rehearsed and prepared for the thank you?) But I feel it's showing respect for someone else's thoughtfulness. They took the time to remember and they made me feel special, so I'm simply making the effort to do the same.
Isn't it funny how sometimes life needs an extra step to make it seem simple?
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