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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Thoughts of Thanks by Emily Owen


‘We want to make it as easy as possible for you, in a way that will suit you.'

The quote above is taken from an email I received.  I’m fortunate in that I often receive nice emails, and this one should definitely be included in that category.
The email was one in a conversation between myself and Authentic Media, who are publishing my next books.

The conversation – fear not, I shall greatly summarise it – went like this:

Them: We need to schedule a team meeting with you.

Me: OK.

Them: We usually arrange a Skype meeting, is that alright with you?

Me (thinking): Oh no.

Two reasons for this:

1)      I am pretty bad with technology.  I’ve only ever had one Skype meeting in my life, and that was just a month or so ago. With one person.  To be honest, we had enough hassle setting that up, let alone a meeting with multiple people.  I mean, how would that even work?

2)      I am deaf.  I can lip-read, but lip-reading is easier in person than from a screen.  Especially more than one person from a screen. I assume, anyway. (And how would it even work?)

Me (also thinking):  I’m making things difficult if I say no.

Me (apologetically): Well, um, a face to face meeting would be easier for me but don’t worry if not, we can give Skype a go.

Them: Ok, we’ll look into logistics of an in-person meeting, as one team member lives quite a distance away.

I was about to reply saying no don’t do that - let’s skype, I’ll manage - when I received an email.

Them: Right, it’s all sorted.  Let’s meet at our offices on X date. We want to make it as easy as possible for you, in a way that will suit you.

So, someone made a three hour plus journey just to make an hour-long meeting as easy as possible for me.

The reason I am mentioning this is to simply say thank you.


The meeting was to talk about my next books, which will be out on September 1st.  If you’d like to have a look, here’s the link.

But the main point of this blog is the reminder that it’s such a privilege to have reason to say thank you.
And it’s a privilege that belongs to all of us...


What are you thankful for today?



3 comments:

  1. I've found that people are genuinely nice. And you are right we do need to say Thank You to God more often. Than you, for the reminder

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  2. Good point! Was just realising yesterday to be thankful we live in this house, this street, this area. You have to understand that we've lived here a long time. The street has gone way up in 'value' - that is house prices. Because of that, I am now often afraid people/companies judge us by our street. But it's better to be thankful because it is beautiful, with trees and places to walk nearby, and a home! It's all in the way we see things. Wonderful that you were considered worth that, by the people arranging the meeting.

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