IT IS something easy to say out. Even a small child can say it nicely.
It does not take much effort to say 'thank you', though in reality some people do take things for granted these days.
Is that so difficult to say the phrase?
To some, it is not an arduous task to say 'thank you', as the phrase only contains two words. However, the reluctance to express thank you reflects the lackadaisical attitude among us.
This phrase expressing gratitude is significant as it reflects the personality of the person who says it (or those who refrain from doing so).
The poser is that should we make saying 'thank you' be part of everyday life?
Seeing the difficulty among some people in saying 'thank you' is rather pathetic.
For those who were born within the realms of the eastern culture, saying 'thank you' is not something foreign, as this reflects one's noble values.
However, globalisation has changed some people, who have become individualistic and materialistic to the extent that they have forgotten the importance of saying 'thank you'.
The phrase has only one meaning and is universal, even though it sounds different in various languages.
In Mandarin, it is 'xie xie' while Arabs say 'syukran jazilan'.
In English, it is 'thank you', and the French say the phrase as 'merci'.
Whatever the phrase sounds, it has only one purpose, which is to express gratitude for acts done. Simple, but the meaning brings cheer to the recipient.
In Islam, 'thank you' is in the same line as 'syukur', which is an expression of happiness and content in appreciating Allah's (PBUH) grants.
Even on the road
It is no secret that some Malaysian motorists exhibit 'disrespect' to others while driving on the road.
There are several contributing factors to such attitude, such as traffic congestion and the urgency in trying to reach a certain destination, but the roads are meant to be shared by all.
Raising the hand as a mark of saying 'thank you' for other motorists who show patience and give way is a mark for others. Such acts will also prevent other motorists from hurling some 'not so nice' words to those who disregard traffic rules.
Why say 'thank you'
How many among us say thank you to the bus and taxi drivers, toll gate collectors and security guards?
Do we bother to say 'thank you' to the workers who collect the dirty table ware in the cafeteria, and do we bother to do the same for the cleaners in the office?
There are those who may think that there is no need to say 'thank you' to these workers and cleaners, as it is these workers' job.
Whatever it is, there is nothing wrong in expressing your gratitude to others who extend their hand in carrying out required tasks. The person who is willing to say 'thank you' has the noble values within him or her.
Thank you, teacher
The culture to thank teachers for their efforts has been in existence since a child enters school at the age of seven until he leaves at the age of 17.
For 12 years in the primary and secondary school, the 'thank you' phrase rings in a student's mind until the day he enters university.
In the ivory tower, there is no such phrases being given to the lecturer as he finished the lecture. The culture from the school has automatically disappeared.
The 'thank you' will only come if a student passes his university examination.
At times, some children forget appreciating the sacrifices made by members of their family. They feel that the gifts of materials are sufficient replacement for affection, appreciation and respect for their parents.
Parents value more the words 'thank you' from their children, more than any of the monetary gifts. However, individuals can be nurtured since childhood to say 'thank you' as this is a form of inculcating the noble values in them.
There is nothing wrong for a leader to say 'thank you' to his subordinates for accomplishing the respective tasks assigned to them.
Even though the person ranks superior in an organisation, the phrase means appreciation and respect, as this earns reciprocating respect from the workers under the person.
In the words of University Malaya Medical Centre's (UMMC) Psychiatric Consultant Dr Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari, the phrase 'thank you' will elicit a response that brings more out of the 'recipient'.
"In any organisation, the culture of appreciating contributions in terms of effort is a significant motivating factor to make the employees perform better," he noted.Bernama
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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