I have struggled this week with what to blog about as the Christmas Holiday is fast approaching and the new year not far behind it. As I reflect on the past year, I am very thankful that I have been able to practice plastic surgery in Austin. This is a great city with arts, culture, politics, plenty of live music, active outdoor activities and a collegial medical community. I have tried to structure seminars this year to offer informal settings for people in our community to learn more about plastic and reconstructive surgery. I look forward to planning more events along with my nurse Hayley and aesthetician Stephanie in the new year.
After each event that we host, I always sit down and hand-write thank you notes to everyone in attendance. I think this is a beautiful timeless tradition that requires a little bit of time, a stamp and a heartfelt appreciation for another person. In our era of rapidly changing technological advances and electronic communication (text messages, email, etc), it is easy to forget about the significance of a handwritten note. Trust me, I am guilty as well- I have several thank you notes to send to business associates for holiday gifts that have been received. It would be so easy for me to shoot an email out to say ‘thank you’ and have one less thing to worry about on the “to-do” list. But I stopped myself from doing so and yesterday evening, I sat down after dinner and took the time to think through my message, and hand write each note. I think there is still something very special about receiving a piece of handwritten mail…and usually much more enjoyable than receiving an invoice to add to the old accounts payable!
Warmest wishes to you and your family this holiday season and into the new year. If you have any suggestions about community educational seminar topics for 2012, please contact us! To read more about heartfelt and handwritten thank you notes, visit npr books for an enjoyable article.