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The Power of Written Praise

Writing a letter of praise is a positive gesture, and, collectively, a building block to a healthy and sustainable society

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In this day in age, when it’s so easy to file a grievance or slam some group on social media, for balance alone, it’s ultra-important to write letters of praise when someone or some organization does an excellent job.

Yes, it’s quite noticeable when something goes wrong, but how often do we just skip over those things that go well?

The letter that you write and send, usually shared by those who receive it, does more good than you might presume. It is beneficial to you, to acknowledge those who have served you well. It is a reminder to you personally, that many vendors and service providers do an outstanding job and that too often we take this for granted.

Can I Give you a Lift?

Here are two examples of letters I’ve written over the years. The first, via mail, is 19 years old, before the widespread use of cell phones, and before Uber and Lyft:

May 6, 2002

Commissioner
Taxi and Limousine Commission
40 Rector Street
New York NY 10006

Dear Commissioner,

In my hour of need, New York City taxi driver Shahnur Talukder stepped up in a big way. Shahnur has only been in the U.S. for one year, hailing from Bangladesh with his wife and child.

When my pre-arranged van pick-up fail to arrive early yesterday morning as scheduled, I suddenly found myself without a ride to JFK airport and no one willing to accept payment by credit card. I had, perhaps unwisely, spent all of my cash the day before, but went to bed with my van reservation phoned in well in advance.

Following the van service letdown, I had no idea that New York taxis do not accept a credit card (as they do throughout North Carolina.) Six drivers out of six said “sorry.”

When I hailed Shahnur’s cab, his first action was to take me to a bank to see if I could get a cash advance on my credit card. I didn’t know the pin number, however, as I had not conducted such a transaction previously. The time was slipping away and my margin evaporating for getting to the airport on time.

Without prompting, Shahnur decided to drive me to the airport. He trusted me to mail him the fare (which I did, along with several gifts). New York has many heroes these days and, for me, Shahnur Talukderof is one of them.

Yours truly,
Jeff Davidson

cc: NY Times, Office of the Mayor, WSJ, Shahnur Talukderof

 

And Just Recently…

I wrote the following days ago and sent it via email. The performance of the equipment that I had left out in the rain so astounded me, that I knew I had to write to the manufacturer.

April 26, 2021

Product Manager
Olympus VN 7200
[email protected]

Dear Product Manager,

I wish to report a tremendous success story. By mistake, I left my pocket dictator, an Olympus VN 7200, on my porch and due to the strong wind, a torrential rain poured onto the pocket recorder for hours and knocked it off of the railing to the ground.

In the morning, I saw the pocket recorder and realized I had left it there. It was completely soaked. I felt a little disheartened; it was such a silly error to make.

I brought the recorder into my car as I was taking off and put it on the rug between the two front seats. In a matter of about 90 minutes most everything looked dried.

As a test case (and I held my breath), I turned it on, and flipped to a recording I had already made to see if it was retrievable. Not only was it retrievable, it played perfectly. I was amazed.

I’m writing in high praise of this product. Whoever designed it, whoever shipped it, and whoever sold it, should all be proud. Here is something that truly works, and works even when owners are careless!

Yours truly,
Jeff Davidson

 

Your Letter, Today

In this era of political divisiveness, entitlement, and downright acrimony between different groups, writing a letter of praise is a positive development, and, collectively, a building block to a healthy and sustainable society.

So, to whom will you write a glowing letter of praise today? Surely there are vendors and service providers in your life who merit such a letter. Remember, the benefits to you are as great as the benefits to the receiver.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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With Representatives Like Kelly Daughtry, We Can Take Back America

Daughtry is a soft-spoken woman who gets things done

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When President Trump takes office next January 20th, he’s going to need a cadre of strong-willed Congressional representatives. It’s not enough to simply retake the White House, we need the foot soldiers with the unshakeable resolve to restore America.

In North Carolina’s 13th district, one candidate is firmly rooted in the values that made this country great, and will make it great again. Her name is Kelly Daughtry and, quite frankly, the nation needs many others like her.

Raised in rural North Carolina and the daughter of a U.S. veteran, farmer, lawyer, and entrepreneur, Daughtry has been a practicing lawyer for the past 25 years in Johnston County, where she makes her home. She’s been in the trenches and is not skittish about the slings and arrows that come with taking bold, conservative positions for what is right.

Clear Positions on Vital Issues

Daughtry is exceedingly clear on where she stands and on what will improve the lives of American citizens. She is a vigorous supporter of law enforcement and decries ‘de-fund the police’ movements wherever they arise. She understands that, by and large, the men and women in law enforcement are dedicated, hardworking individuals who, in many instances, put their lives on the line.

Similarly, Daughtry supports the U.S. military and our veterans. She knows that nations around the world with rogue leadership wish to do us great harm, and that we must maintain a strong military at all times. Not coincidentally, a strong military is the best prescription for peace.

On the border issue, Daughtry recognizes that the Biden Administration is firmly committed to swamping our country with illegal aliens. Why? Because the U.S. Census count doesn’t focus on U.S. citizenship, only the number of residents per county and state.

Hence, Democrats can gain a 20-seat advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives by continuing to flood our nation. This ploy is precisely why Biden and company have brought lawsuits against border states seeking to protect themselves.

The drugs, the crime — the murders — and the bursting budgets of towns and states trying to cope with the onslaught of illegals should never have happened in the first place. Daughtry knows what needs to be done, and done immediately.

Reversing Biden’s Reckless Agenda

Daughtry will go to work on restoring our nation, dismantling Joe Biden’s reckless agenda for America. She understands that Biden’s policies towards China in particular, and the bribes he has taken, have been nothing less than devastating for hard-working Americans and for our national security.

Most notably, she is firmly opposed to the Chinese Communist Party and their representatives who are seeking to buy farmland throughout North Carolina as well as every other place in the United States.

Biden’s out-of-control spending has particularly hurt North Carolinians. Farmers have taken the brunt of the punishment. The unending inflation that we’ve faced for 38 months also has dealt a crushing blow to North Carolina small business owners and families in general. One of Daughtry’s first agenda items will be to help steer our country back towards fiscal sanity, which in turn will have a direct impact on the cost of groceries and gasoline.

Americans First

Like President Trump, Daughtry understands the importance of putting Americans first and of safeguarding or voting procedures, elections, and indeed what it means to be an American citizen. Of note, she has no misconceptions about the differences between men and women and will work to stop the malarkey that the Left imposes on us every day, with their “56” types of genders.

Daughtry is a soft-spoken woman and in her quiet way, gets things done. If Donald Trump had an army of Kelly Daughtrys, the country would be on firm footing in relatively short order. She knows what hard-working Americans want and need, and is exactly the type of politician that North Carolina must send to Washington D.C.

It is not an exaggeration to say that in Wake, Harnett, Johnson, and Wayne counties in North Carolina, as well as the entire state and entire country, the 2024 election will be the most important in our lifetimes. This has been said about other elections at other times, but considering the damage that the Democrats have wrought on America, the time is now to reclaim our great nation and, with the likes of Kelly Daughtry, we can.

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Provocative Questions to Get You Moving

What would make you pause and think about what’s really important?

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Suppose I asked you four questions to make you pause, think about what’s really important, perhaps take some action steps, and get you moving in a positive direction. What might I ask?

Here are four such questions:

* What would you do if you truly only had six months to live?

* What would you read if you could only pick six books for the rest of your life?

* If you could return to any age what would it be?

* If you could live anywhere other than here, where would it be?

 

By way of example, here is each question with my own answers to help stimulate your thinking:

What would I do if I truly only had six months to live? I would visit everyone who ever mattered to me one more time; visit all my childhood haunts; visit three or four tourist destinations in the world that I’ve wanted to see; eat like an incredible pig; parcel out my assets carefully and accordingly, safeguard my daughter’s financial future and well-being to the best of my abilities; and donate many items to charity.

If I could only read six books for the rest of my life, they would probably be The Timetables of History, Childhood’s End, The Call of the Wild, The One Hundred, From Dawn to Decadence, and The Culture of Celebrity. Runners-up would be The Demon-Haunted World, Crime and Punishment, Moby Dick, MacBeth, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and The World of Our Fathers

If I could be any age what would I be: 38, because at that age I had the optimal mix of capabilities and faculties, unbounded potential, and unbridled enthusiasm. My career as an author was beginning to bloom and amazingly I hadn’t yet been on my first of 45 cruises.

If I could live anywhere other than here, where would it be and why aren’t I there? The places I could settle include Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Monterrey, CA; Sausalito, CA; Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Vancouver, British Columbia; London, England; Paris, France; Vevey, Switzerland; Montreux, Switzerland; Bruges, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden, and any place where it is spring, birds are chirping, and large lakes invite you to swim.

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