Many times I will see people when I am out in society today and it seems that the word “thank you” has all but disappeared from the human language. Where did it go?

Some one opens a door for someone, they walk right in without a word. A grocer gets your bags ready for you, not a peep. It is almost like it is expected now a days. Even if it is, what’s the harm in saying two little words?

I’ve seen the workers who slave on construction almost pass out from heat exhaustion come into a restaurant, and no one thanks them for their service.

what about the veterans, fireman, and policeman who scarified their time and give so much to keep us safe? Do they not deserve a thank you?

Sometimes, people wait to say thank you because they feel that they will have many many opportunities to say it to the ones they care about. So many have ended up feeling the pain and sorrow because they waited to long and lost the chance to say the heart felt thank you they wanted to say to the one or ones they wanted to and now live with that regret. Do you want to be one of those people?

Whenever someone does something for me, even if it is very small, I always tell then thank you and how much I appreciate them for it. there have been many times I have been blessed in finding how much that simple act of kindness has helped an individual who needed to hear those words.

A song I used to sing reminded me of the special meaning of giving thanks. You should always give thanks with a grateful heart and a humble one too.

So when you see someone, someone who serves us all no matter how small it may be - checking out your groceries, cleaning litter off the street, serving your community as a policeman, fireman, councilman, or serviceman - Take a moment to thank them.

Just give a smile, and say, "Thanks for what you’re doing and I really appreciate it.“

A little act of kindness doesn’t hurt you and it goes a long, long way. Just something to think about.

K. William Boyer is the editor of Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser. You can reach him at or at 850-638-0212 ext. 4006