A few weeks ago I had a very rough day at work. Fortunately for me, I have great friends I can talk to in tough times. I reached out to a good friend of mine who always supports me. The conversation was encouraging and uplifting, as always. My friend is smart, caring, and really “gets” me (as most of you probably believe your friends “get” you, too, and that’s what makes them friends). When we ended the call, I felt much better, happy to have had an opportunity to relieve stress and tell someone about my troubles.
If the comfort and understanding had ended just with the call, that would have been enough.But to my surprise, about a week later, a card arrived in the mail from my friend. Time had passed since the work incident and I was feeling better, but honestly, the card made all the difference in the world. It was wonderful to realize that, when phone calls end, there are people who continue to think about you. There are people who will carve time out of their day to pick out a card, put it in the mail, and send it your way.
That card is hanging above my desk at work. Although the message of the card is beautiful and it is so awesome to read what someone else thinks of you, it’s the idea of the card – the true “thought that counts” kind of thing – that has made all the difference in the world.
Unexpected kindness when it’s needed most, whether it’s from a good friend, a colleague, a client, or even an acquaintance, never goes unnoticed. It’s one thing to pick up the phone when someone calls you at a desperate time; quite another to go out of your way and send something small but unexpected. It’s the kind of thing that can make anyone’s day.
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