At the beginning of the semester in our Writing for PR class, we talked about the power of words. Consider the effect of "Thou shalt not kill," "Let it be," "An apple a day..," "I do," "It was the best of times...," "I have a dream," and, of course, "I'm sorry."
Perhaps, however, the most underused but overwhelmingly powerful words are "Thank you."
I know because today those two little words said so much more.
We are taught to say "please" and "thank you" as a child and many children apply the terms quite liberally. My grandson even says thank you in two languages. And, it usually feels pretty good to say these polite phrases.
It feels even better to receive them.
As a college professor, I don't expect to hear nor see "thank you" from students but I have a special folder where I tuck those missives away because they are truly meaningful.
So, let me say thank you back to these same students. Thank you for working as a cohort to help each other in this class. Thank you for your patience with rewrites. (Yes, that is plural.) Thank you for trying, really trying to move the needle toward solid, competent writing. Thank you for agreeing to make strong writing a lifelong quest.
Thank you for today's "thank you." You showed me that you know the power of words.