Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Upside of All Those Thank You Notes

Recently, Mr. Wonderful asked me to send myself a thank you note for writing so many thank you notes to our wedding guests. It's a task I didn't really think about until I had my first wedding shower and had to write 20 of them. Then after the second, I had to write about 15 more. Then there were the ones after the bachelorette party (Dear sister, thank you for the candy thong. It really made my whole night!) And as more and more gifts come pouring in through the mail, my writing routine remains constant. It's a big undertaking and can be a bit daunting at times.

But then, when I actually sit down to write, I'm totally overcome with gratitude. I truly feel the thankfulness infuse my body (and my pen) as I tell people how much I appreciate their thoughtfulness. It makes me want to be equally thoughtful choosing my words and expressing my thanks to them.

I also think it has been making me more aware of the good things in my life. It makes sense—practice hones skills, right? Thus, practicing being grateful in my notes is making me better at it on a day-to-day basis.

Sure, it may culminate in weepy sessions in the car where I am overwhelmed by how lucky I feel to have such amazing people around me, and to be marrying such an incredible guy. But the tears are a small price to pay for the warm fuzzies.

I may try to continue the habit even after all this wedding hoopla dies down. Or at least I'll write myself that note Mr. W told me to send.


LesleyG said...

It's so great you're taking the time to enjoy it. So many people look at it as just work. You will be well practiced for the ultimate Thank You note writing of post-wedding! :)

Sizzle said...

Thank you notes are a lost art. I'm glad you're getting something out of doing them.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Awww, this is really sweet. It says so much about you that you're so deeply touched by all the love coming your way. I'm soooooo excited for all that's coming your way ... including the calm after the wedding. It really is blissful!

HHP said...

You've always been really good about thank you notes. You are very thoughtful. :)

And I know everyone appreciates the thank you cards. When I send gifts out of town and don't receive a thank you- I get afraid that the couple never received the gift.

HunnerWoof said...

Is this sort of like 9th grade english where you have to write a letter to yourself that the teacher will mail to you in 10 years? Is Mr. W's real name Linda Evans?

Anonymous said...

Hey, tears of joy from being surrounded by those who care are far better than tears of sadness from being lonely, right?

Knowing you, when all is said and done, you'll be paying it forward as well. :)