This is especially true with teaching. While visiting my hometown at Christmas, maybe 10 years ago, I started thinking about a former high school teacher and the impact of this teacher on my interests and career path. So, I wrote him a thank you letter. By this time, I was a decade past graduation, and I had no idea if he would remember me. Turns out, he did. And, turns out that upon receipt, my letter made his (particularly difficult) day. At least, that's what he later told me.
When I returned home yesterday, after my own particularly difficult day, I opened a package that contained a gorgeous, ruffled silk scarf in the Fall colors I love. But even more meaningful, was this handwritten thank you card tucked inside. It was from a former student.
But, it pleases me even more that she let me know.
Challenge: Hand-write a thank you note. See what happens.