choc. chip cookies and basketball tickets

by Joanna on January 30, 2014

cookie box 2

Earlier this week, I made cookies for colleagues that took time to speak to the Lafayette students I hosted for an externship (essentially a job shadow). I packed them up in little boxes that I got at Target and delivered them with a handwritten thank you note.

I was surprised at how touched my colleagues were by this gesture. I got so many thank you’s for my thank you. But it was more than that. It seemed like it really touched their hearts.

Then, my heart was really touched when I was on the receiving end of a gesture like that…

On Tuesday afternoon, I got an email from a colleague in athletics:

Joanna, Good afternoon. Would you like two tickets to the Men’s Basketball game tomorrow night? Let me know if you’d like them and I’ll place them at will call for you.

My colleague didn’t explicitly say that this was a “thank-you” but regardless I was touched by this generosity. By his thinking of me and taking time out of his day to do this for me.

These experiences got me thinking about gratitude and connection. I think people just want to know they’re valued. And to have that expressed with a gesture like cookies was really nice. To be offered basketball tickets totally out of the blue (I’ve never been to a game!) was an acknowledgement of respect. These little things go a really long way.

Talk to me:

Have you been acknowledged or thanked recently in a way that really touched your heart?

Is there someone in your life that you’d like to thank?


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jessica s. January 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

as corny as it sounds, i just love seeing people’s faces and their initial reaction when you do something nice for them. those chocolate chip cookies look darn good too!


2 Anna Mahalak January 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

This is a great TEDx talk by a GWU student (organizer of TEDxFoggyBottom) about gratitude and what it meant to say thank you to someone different every day for one year: Sometimes the hardest people to thank are the ones closest to us! Think of how often we say thank you to strangers in random emails we send, compared to our best friend or loved one.


3 Joanna January 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Wow. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing. He’s essentially talking about the vulnerability of saying thank you. It’s amazing. And I actually almost didn’t post this post today because it made me feel extremely vulnerable.
I agree with him. I think thank you can change the world.


4 Lauren January 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

As one of the cookie recipients, I can attest to being truly touched by that gesture! It was unexpected and thoughtful and definitely made me want to pay it forward. I went home and bought a Valentine’s Day card for my friend in NYC just to let her know she’s on my mind. Maybe I’ll include a “thank you for being you!” in there just to keep with the gratitude theme :-).


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