EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

One of the gag gifts that my wife got once was a “Stress Busters” calendar. Since she couldn’t find a place for it on her desk at work, she gave it to me. (I suppose it was one step away from the garbage pail.)

Since I got it after the start of the year, I was able to fast forward through some of the dumbest suggestions for relieving stress known to mankind.

That is until I got to one that read: “Make a list of everyone who has made a positive contribution to your life, and send each one of them a greeting card to let them know how they have made an impact. You’ll feel good as you write out your thoughts, and you’ll spread positive feelings.”

Okay, perhaps sending a card is too extreme, although I am sure we can all go out and get a good price on some Valentine’s Day cards (now that the date has passed).

Anyway, it is fortunate that it is never too late to say thank you to those who have done you favors of any kind. And, you can rest assured that one never tires of hearing thank you, even a belated thank you. (Is this an idea for a new card, or what?)

As an alternative to sending a formal card, what could be more in keeping with The FENG’s fine traditions than sending an email? Of course it is considerably short of throwing a testimonial dinner for them, but what the heck, it is still better than a sharp stick in the eye.

One of the suggestions I make to new members is to wait a week or so to absorb what The FENG is all about and THEN to write a short thank you note to the caring person who sponsored them for our circle of friends. (They sure have gotten you into a mess, don’t you think?)

So let’s get out those electronic pens, open up a crisp sheet of new email and start writing to those who have helped you in the past few months.

Who knows, it might even spark some new networking contacts for you! (And just think, no stamps to lick, no possibility of a paper cut, and no long drive to the post office to mail them either.)

Regards, Matt

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