The message behind the message of thanks in my September 14, 2015 CDC flag raising ceremony speech

Message of thanks

Photo courtesy of CDC-Communications Department
Photo courtesy of CDC-Communications Department

When the Human Resources Department Manager of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) asked me to deliver an inspirational speech for the flag raising ceremony on September 14, 2015, I immediately thought of starting it with a message of thanks.

And so the moment I held the microphone during the flag raising ceremony, I thanked everyone at CDC for the prayers they had said for the speedy recovery of my father, Angelo “Sonny” C. Lopez, Jr., when he was still in the hospital fighting for his life, and for the eternal repose of his soul, when he later joined our creator.

I then thanked CDC President and Chief Executive Officer, Atty. Arthur P. Tugade, for showing his love and care for my family and for reposing in me his trust and confidence in appointing me as CDC Legal Department Manager.

I also thanked my CDC Legal Department family for their warm welcome and support, which I truly need in accomplishing without great difficulty the gargantuan task that clearly falls on my shoulders as head of the department.

Of course, I thanked the CDC Human Resources Department Manager for giving me the opportunity to speak with and express my deepest gratitude to everyone at CDC.

Message behind the message of thanks

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Photo courtesy of CDC-Communications Department

But then, as I spoke further, I asked, “Did I begin my speech with a message of thanks unintentionally? Or did I begin it that way purposely?”

In answer, I said it was the latter, which evidently meant that I began it that way purposely.

But why did I begin my speech with a message of thanks purposely?

Because, aside from my fervent desire to express my deepest gratitude to everyone at CDC, I wanted to stress the importance of saying “Thank you,” especially in a workplace, which in turn was the message behind the message of thanks in my speech.

Importance of saying, “Thank you”

And so, as I spoke even further, I asked, “Why is it important to say ‘Thank you,’ especially in a workplace?”

In answer, I said, “When you say ‘Thank you,’ it means you are appreciative.

“When you are appreciative, it means you see the positive more than the negative, which should always be the case.

“Why? Because the truth is there are far more positive things happening compared with the negative things.

“When you see the positive more than the negative, when you give more importance to the positive rather than the negative, it means you are happy.

“When you are happy, you will surely be productive.

“And when you are productive, there will certainly be no other way for you but success, not only in your employment, but also in all your other endeavors.

“But then there is more.

“When you say ‘Thank you,’ you give favor not only to yourself, but also to the very person to whom you are saying it.

“Why? Because when that person hears those words, he will surely feel appreciated.

“When he feels appreciated, he will certainly be happy.

“When he is happy, he will surely be productive.

“And when he is productive, his success will certainly be forthcoming.

“This is why saying ‘Thank you’ is important, especially in a workplace.”

Final words

But how did I end my speech? I ended it in the same way I started it. And, that is, by saying, “Thank you.”

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