You are welcome…

Welcome DoorThank you”…”You’re welcome.”

If we’re aware, we probably hear or participate in that interaction on a fairly regular basis.  But what does it mean…you are welcome?

This is a picture of my new front door.  Does it say ‘You are welcome’?  Probably not when you look at how it’s a second-floor entrance and right now there’s no way to get there! 🙂  But will it?

What does it really mean?  Does it mean, come in and join me?  Is it an invitation?  Is it inviting?  Is that what we want it to mean?

According to a part of a definition in the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition, “you’re welcome you’re under no obligation for the favor given: the conventional response to an expression of thanks.

For me, “you’re welcome” means I welcome the awareness, the appreciation, the verbalization that you shared of something for which you were thankful.  It makes me feel good, listened to and heard.  It also means I may have done or said something others needed to hear.

I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this little snippet today.

The next time someone takes the time to say ‘Thank you,” be aware and really mean it when you say “You’re welcome!”


About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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