What I’m thinking about today:
1. Hump Day t-shirt? You’re welcome.
2. Oh, thank you!
3. Spare a square

1. Does anyone know what day it is? Yep, it’s Hump Day. Which means it’s the perfect day to share this with you – check out this t-shirt you know you want. It’s an awesome way to show your love for everyone’s favorite talking camel!

2. The wonderful simplicity of the word ‘Thank you’. My first job was at a pizza shop called Pizza Express. While my parents had done a great job at teaching me the value of work, chores and earning your keep I can honestly say that the lessons I learned at the pizza shop are still relevant today. Maybe the most important lesson was something I learned on my first day. I’ll never forget it – I was trucking along, learning how to make dough, grate cheese, fold pizza boxes, in total shock at how fast the day was going by. Before I knew it, it was time to clock out. As I was doing so a weird thing happened – the shop owner called me over and said ‘thank you’.

“Thank you? For what?”

He told me ‘for being here, for doing your job and for helping us’. I said ‘well, you’re welcome, but this is my job’. He just smiled and said ‘see you tomorrow’.

Every day I worked, and he was there, he would always say thank you before he left or before I left. And soon enough, as I worked there through high school and on into college, it was me, as a manager, saying thank you. The words weren’t lip service. They were a sincere expression of gratitude as the reality of depending on people had sunk in.

Thank you – that small phrase can carry a lot of weight. And it has stuck with me all these years. When you consider the impact people can have in your lives you realize that we have a lot to sincerely be thankful for.

But the real beauty of ‘thank you’? It goes both ways. As important as it is to say thank you it’s equally important to give people a reason to say ‘thank you’. Both are easy to do. Both are rewarding.

3. Speaking of thank you, what better way to say it than with chocolate? Milka is giving people the chance to do just that with its new candy bar campaign. When you open up your bar you see that a square is missing. Once you get over the anger of being shorted some chocolate you have a choice: using a code on the package you can request the missing square…or have it sent to someone, along with a note explaining the gift.

I’d be very interested in the results of this campaign – an interesting study of human nature. How many request the square? How many gift the square? And how many just eat the candy bar and are done with it?

Hmmm…on a side note, this gets me thinking – maybe this campaign has legs for other products? Say…toilet paper? Who doesn’t want to spare a square?