Yesterday I was late at work to finish some task as I didn’t want to stress about it over the weekend. As I left from work, like I do every time, I humbly said “Thanks for being around and Good Night” to the security associate who sits at my office reception beyond business hours. He smiled and told me that he feels proud when he hears it. Every now and then it is a good thing to be reminded of the obvious – my insignificant gesture was making a significant impact on someone making him appreciate his work and himself more. Next time, I will say it more sincerely to make myself feel proud.
Let me look beyond patting myself on the back and appreciate the hidden gems scattered throughout.. 🙂
The above incident reminded of this quote by Mark Twain – “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
Does this tinker any thoughts? In our simplest conversations, we love the human texture but often miss to reciprocate it sincerely. Small gestures like saying “please” and “thank you” comes naturally to us but we dismiss to look into the eyes of the person when we say it.
Simply gestures such as pay attention and be curious when people are saying something to me, pause before speaking something rude, reward behavior I like and ignore what I don’t, taking a moment to thank someone for a job interview, by escorting an old man to a room he is looking for, or sometimes simply pampering yourself – having a great haircut, nice dress, or taking one piece of junk at a time out of you room when you need to clean it up.
We forget that while taking advantage of the smallest opportunities and to become more alert to other people and to their surroundings as well, might actually leave a valuable impact on someone. I try to consciously practice them everyday and hope that there would be so much less conflict, irritation, and anger – so much less displeasure, annoyance, and ill-temper. Small gesture can deliver a mighty powerful or a memorable impact and there are countless examples around us…nothing is insignificant however we innocently chose to dismiss.
Each of the world’s largest corporations began as a small idea that one or two people began to develop, albeit with “high hopes and great expectations.” Think of that idea as an acorn. Today, it is an oak tree. The same can be said of small and isolated acts of kindness that have become worldwide movements to help those less fortunate.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s the Golden Rule. Everyone knows it but not many actually follow it. During my low times, I have been rewarded with the most astonishing experiences which have lift me in high spirits. It made me realize that all those times I feel helpless, I’m not. I navigate through life’s big obstacles, by thinking small. Any major event can be dissected to the point of realizing the success or failure of completing the small details is what makes or breaks the deal. Shrink down my problems into more manageable pieces and they vanish!! It may take a lot of painstaking baby steps to accomplish, but it’s certainly worth it.
Life isn’t made up of Big Things and Big moments – it’s made up of little things and little moments in our day-to-day life. This is important to remember, particularly in our culture that likes to focus on The Next Big Thing.
“Inch by inch makes life a cinch.” Very simple advice, but something we often lose track of. Small things alter the course of events in significant ways. It’s definitely something to think about – what you can/can’t do to make a difference, good or bad!