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Just Say Thank You

Posted By Dwayne McKean, Executive Director, Friday, May 18, 2018
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

Honestly, I don’t believe there are two more valuable words in any language when combined that mean more than “Thank You.”

Saying thank you is the ultimate expression of appreciation without throwing in a bunch of overused adjectives.  Saying thank you says to the recipient their effort mattered to you.

Most of the time saying thank you comes easy as the result of an effort made benefits us in some way.  In those easy moments saying thank you should be an automatic reaction.  But…

What about times when we don’t benefit?  Those moments may not be quite as easy or automatic.

Saying thank you should not be result oriented but effort oriented.  It can be hard to want to say thank

Honestly, I don’t believe there are two more valuable words in any language when combined that mean more than “Thank You.”

Saying thank you is the ultimate expression of appreciation without throwing in a bunch of overused adjectives.  Saying thank you says to the recipient their effort mattered to you.

Most of the time saying thank you comes easy as the result of an effort made benefits us in some way.  In those easy moments saying thank you should be an automatic reaction.  But…

What about times when we don’t benefit?  Those moments may not be quite as easy or automatic.

Saying thank you should not be result oriented but effort oriented.  It can be hard to want to say thank you when you receive no immediate benefit.  Limiting thank you to benefits only misses the point.

Lest you thank I am lecturing and calling you out you should know I had the concept said to me a good while back, and I needed to hear it.  Shortly after I had the sentiment driven home by an episode of “MASH.”  In the episode Major Houlihan lost her wedding ring and Hawkeye and BJ replaced it with a copy.  Major Houlihan thought for sure they were trying to have fun with her.  She was corrected by Klinger who told her they just simply wanted her to have her ring back and she should appreciate the effort.  She did, and even stated she liked the copy better, no doubt because of the effort.  That stuck with me.

Thank you is about the effort and not so much the result.

As easy or hard as it may be try thank you often.

Dwayne

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End of Day Reflections

Posted By Dwayne McKean, Executive Director, Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As I was sitting on my porch last night watching the sun set I reflected on my day that was.  While much happened the highlight of my day was three conversations I had with friends, NACFM friends.

In the conversations we caught up a little, we laughed a little, we encouraged each other a little, and we…

I reflected on how much those friendships mean to me.  Years back I met each of them not knowing what time as friends would bring.  I know now that they are friends I thank God for.

They are friends I can tell anything to.  They are friends I care deeply for.  They are friends I celebrate with and hurt with.  They are friends I pray with and for.  They are friends who do the same for me.

My NACFM friends are kindred spirits as well.  They do what I do.  They know what an average day is like for me.  They know the challenges I face.  They know what’s it’s like to be on call 24/7.  They share the struggle of the juggle (balance family with work).  They are me.  

I can’t place a value on someone who gets me and loves me and shares life with me.  For that I just do not have the words.  I can however place a value on how I came to know them, through the NACFM.  I have so much I am thankful for as a member of the NACFM but there is no question the greatest value I get from being an active member are friendships, lifelong!

You need a someone to talk to and laugh with, someone to confide in, someone to hurt with you, or someone to pray with you?  Look to your friends of the NACFM.

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What Fridays Bring

Posted By Dwayne McKean, Executive Director, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Like me, many of you are off on Friday.  What do our Fridays (or whatever day you have off for working Sunday) bring?  There really is no telling.  Much depends on what season of life you are in or what is happening immediately surrounding your life.  Fridays are the day I do a good bit of my NACFM Executive Director work.  On top of that there is always a family need or a need around the house or errands to run or doctor visits to make or…  And there is almost always the inevitable, a “sorry to bother you” from church to address.  There are a few exceptions but Fridays, my day off, bring business.

Despite the business of Fridays I always start my mornings by getting up a little slower, taking a longer shower, and heading off to breakfast.  From there I visit one of my favorite stores, not to shop really, just to be in a place I like to be looking around at stuff I like to look at.  My two favorites are home improvement stores and electronic stores.  That every Friday routine takes about three hours of my time and by 10:00 or so I am doing the “What Friday Brings.”

Honestly, it is unrealistic for me to have a complete day of rest in my season unless I’m vacationing.  You may find yourself in the same season.  Despite what pulls at your time take a little of it to just do nothing but what you enjoy.  Do something that requires no thought and with no one seeking input.  Metaphorically – Go out and enjoy your breakfast and marvel at the new technologies.  Make sure your Friday brings a little rest.

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