I was all set to publish a completely different blog post, and then a small shift in the wind changed my point of view and my day. Here’s what happened…
I was waiting for lunch at the Bagel Sphere, when I noticed a coworker at the front of the line. I nodded to say hello, and she stared back at me, not saying a word, with the saddest look on her face. Something was clearly wrong, but I couldn’t tell if she wanted to talk about it or not. I finally asked, “everything okay?” Relieved that she didn’t have to bring it up herself, she started telling me about a big grant application that was due that hour, how all the work was done but she couldn’t get the letterhead to function to be able to submit it. Clearly she was very upset, but also had not wanted to interrupt my lunch. I offered to head straight back and take a look at it with her, and we got it working. That afternoon, I received the following e-mail:
You doing that for me totally saved me. I’m sure I could have figured it out but had a million balls in the air and no time.
Eeeee gads what a panic. Got the application together with 5 minutes to spare and Adobe Acrobat crashed on me. Got all the attachments thrown back in and sent it with 2 minutes to spare.
Whew. Finally made it.
Truthfully, I am usually on the receiving end of the “smalls.” By smalls I mean unselfish, pocket-size gestures of good will. For example, this has been happening for months now…
Pretty much everyone I work with has sold their soul to the coffee machine. A single cup will set you back $.50, which might sound steep for a short shot of caffeine, but truthfully we need it. I mean we REALLY need it. This makes the “milkman” coworker of mine, who brings in different types of creamers with a note encouraging anyone to share a splash, somewhat of a 5th floor hero.
As you can see below, opening the fridge is normally more like walking in to the “mine, mine, mine” scene from the move Finding Nemo. (Side note… Finding Dory is set to be released June 17th, 2016. Here is a link to the movie trailer) Everyone has staked their claim on their own goods, even the goods that aren’t that good.
The first time I saw it, I figured it was a one-time gesture to his fellow mankind. Now a few months later, I can see that there is no end to the generosity of his dairy, and it has me completely intrigued. This particular person has a large family and an especially busy work/life schedule, but he is a Harvard graduate. What motivates someone who doesn’t have time to make time for small random acts of kindness?
I decided to do some research and found scientific evidence that a little kindness can boost your health in a big way, even in toddlers.
With that, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hopefully you are pinch-proof, and like a little leprechaun, ready to spread some cheer.
Image of tiny shamrock shortbreads, and a sweet gift from a small friend.
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