It’s the little things really, isn’t it? Not to sound too much like a cliche but it’s true. Acts of kindness of others can alter your day and your life sometimes.
Today we had our first senior staff meeting of the year. A two hour affair on a Thursday afternoon after a really rough day which started at 5.30am. So you can imagine I was feeling a little less enthusiastic about it than I might otherwise have been. But then the boss ducked out of the room and returned with a gift for us all. A “stress less” box filled with all sorts of goodies, bath bombs, herbal tea, chocolate and a laminated sheet printed with 99 ways to stress less. It was just a lovely and caring gesture. It made us all feel valued and it immediately lifted the energy in the room.
Following on from yesterday’s theme, it was lovely to feel so cared for and appreciated today. In the work environment things can get fraught. This time last year I was in a different role, with a deeply uncaring boss whose only real aim was to ensure that she took all of the credit for hard work herself and to rule with fear. It’s just so nice to be in pretty much the opposite of that in my new role.
Giving a gift to another will lift their spirit and yours. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or any money at all. It really is the fact that someone else thought enough of you, that they took the time to do something for you that they knew would make you feel good.
I’m really grateful that my boss thought to show us how she felt about all the hard work we do. I will be doing something similar for my staff and hopefully they will do the same for theirs. When people feel good they do good. And that isn’t a bad thing at all.