One of our Wise friends had an experience recently that was quite satisfying and a little overwhelming. She became the recipient of a small windfall from a loving relative and wanted to share with her three grown daughters.
Knowing that family budgets were tight all the way around, she called the eldest and explained that she had some extra cash and would like to know what she could do for her. “Mom, we are okay here, but I know that my sisters have struggled, and they could probably use some help,” was the response.
Next, she called the middle daughter, who stated “Well, everybody has things they wish for, but we are fine. It would make me happy if you shared with my sisters, though.”
Finally, calling her youngest daughter, she again explained the situation. “Mom, the other girls are so generous and loving with me that I can’t think of anything I would like better than you sharing with them.”
Well, our Wise friend was truly overwhelmed. She sat and thought about her daughters in a new light. She knew that they were good people, after all, she had raised them, but she had lost sight of the depth of their goodness due to day-to-day living and the problems that come with it.
A gift of a little extra money is nice, but knowing that you are surrounded with loved ones and friends — and co-workers — who are generous and kind is a gift that you cannot buy, you cannot make and one that you should accept with humility and nurture carefully to ensure that its tender tendrils survive and grow.
When we can extend that same spirit of gratitude and graciousness into our business lives, we become employers — and employees — who are truly treasures to those we work alongside. A generous, mindful, selfless boss or co-worker can inspire the kind of loyalty that takes a small business from average to great. And kindness shown to a customer is never wasted.
We all get caught up in the trials and tribulations of our everyday business and personal lives. But if we can take a moment or two to look beyond, appreciate the good people in our lives and pass that spirit on to others, we make the world a better place, at work and at home.