In my lexicon it can never be too much or too often. Unless you are the world’s smallest package, all wrapped up in yourself.
I believe paying attention matters, especially if you’re into body language reading. For instance. When I check in at the airport I make it my purpose to see which agent looks the most disgruntled. The face says everything, or the slumping shoulders or the grabbing of a passenger. I then wait. And when I can be one-on-one, ask, “Has anyone thanked you for helping us here?”
Not always, but most of the time, they grimace, “No, people don’t give a damn.”
I shake my head in disagreement, “That’s probably what you experience. But not from me. I AM grateful you are here and I thank you for making the airport safer. Thank you.”
Often there’s a blink of disbelief. That’s all right. It’s nice for me. NOT the reaction, but the effort. The effort ANYWHERE to share a helpful word as long as my nose doesn’t grow. It’s not for any other purpose than I feel better bringing a good word to someone…mostly I don’t know and won’t ever see again. So what?
You might try it. Let me give you an example that contorts most of our society…about being grateful. I was with a friend in a restaurant. The waitress was attentive but not intrusive. Did her best. Then I noticed she was rattled about a full plate of tables. So, I looked at her, “I realize you have lots of tables. Please know how much I appreciate what you are doing. Thank you for taking care of so many. That’s very thoughtful.”
My friend said, “That’s not how you appreciate. Give her a bigger tip. THAT will make a difference.”
Well, my friend is right…in my friend’s manner of relating. It’s about $$$. Well. I tip. But a kind word measures pretty full for me.
To that end, I read the link and see what taking a picture means. The camera person had no idea. But caring was all that mattered. Until….well, read and then see how you and your camera…or you and your heart…live through this day.
Check out this post in the Family relationships vibe: “What Happened After a Stranger Snapped 1 Family’s Photo Will Give You Chills”