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Thank you to the always thought-provoking T.V. Raj for posting this video. I am a firm believer in saying thank you and sending thank you notes. To me it is especially important to thank people who are often overlooked, like the person bagging my groceries. If people say thank you at all, they often say it to the cashier and not the bagger. This clip shows how meaningful it can be when you thank someone by name as well.


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj




Every day we come across people who serve us and make us feel happy with their service.

Unfortunately, none of us seems to know their names. Have you ever thought of knowing their name? Have you ever thought of thanking them using their name instead of just saying, “Thank you boss“, “Thank you sis“, “Thank you bro“, and so on?

A Coca-Cola ad released in the Philippines addresses this issue. This ad serves to remind us to thank those who serve us every day by using their real name. Their name on your lips will encourage them to serve us better.

Why not we put into practice this advice from Coca-Cola from now on and see the happiness on their face?



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Imagine listening to these two dialogues at the same time:

1. Blah blah blah blah blah, where can we get more wine, do you want to get some more wine, oh, girl, this is how they cut my hair, blah blah blah blah, I want to play drunken bingo, we should go to the burger joint, ha ha ha ha, blah blah, we need more boundaries, yeah yeah, oh, we are entertaining ourselves…

2. A living drollery. Now I will believe
That there are unicorns, that in Arabia
There is one tree, the phoenix’ throne, one phoenix
At this hour reigning there.

This juxtaposition lasted for nearly two hours tonight. (more…)

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The Church Courtesy Challenge

Last weekend it happened again. I was asked, “would you mind if my husband and sons sat here?” which indicated that I should change my seat. So I did. Big deal.

When the other family members showed up while I was listening to what was going on up front, I became aware that several people were standing in my peripheral vision. Realizing they were the husband and sons, I stood up and let them pass. When the dad sat down, he said thank you, which I appreciated. What I would have liked more is if the son would have said, “excuse me.” (more…)

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While out and about today I saw a sign that was worded the same as this one, which has a similar design.

My first thought was “STOP TRICK OR TREATING!” as if this were some sort of protest against the tradition of knocking on doors to get sugary, fattening wrapped items. (more…)

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Tonight I was standing in line at the seafood counter of a bustling grocery store. When the employee behind the counter asked, “who’s next?” a young couple practically jumped up and down and said, “us!” To my dismay, a snappily dressed middle aged woman told the employee, who was standing closer to her, “mine’s really quick.”

There was a collective jaw drop among us customers as we turned to stare at the woman, who seemed unfazed at the attention. The female half of the young couple, who was obviously very pregnant, exclaimed “I don’t believe this!” as her face turned red. (more…)

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This morning in church I happened to sit at the end of a row with many empty seats in the middle. Attendance seemed low due to a concurrent event, so there were a number of available seats.

A couple came in and asked if they could squeeze past me to get to the middle of the row. I moved my stuff, stood up, and let them by. It was no big deal, but I’ve often wondered why people gravitate towards the middle seats when others are available. A lot of us latecomers just slide into the end seats. (more…)

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