This week started out very weird for me. Usually, I drag myself out of bed as close to the wire as possible, throw on whatever doesn't have cat puke on it, and drive to work with the nagging knowledge that I am going to be late. I then pretty much hide under my desk for the majority of the morning until I am feeling human enough to talk to my co-workers.
Monday was different, though. Perhaps because our elusive sun actually came out to play that day. Here's what happened: One of my co-workers is a chipper, very talkative person who is always friendly and enthusiastic when she corners you for a conversation. But as happy as she seems in passing, I noticed a certain heaviness about her as she is walking and she thinks no one is watching. I just had a feeling that she's having a hard time at work.
I have a very high opinion of this person's work, and I know others do too. I wondered if she knew this and if she would think differently about herself if she were aware.
So, on Monday morning, I went to her office and said something like this:
"Hi. I know that often, we don't get to hear the positive things people say about us behind our backs, so I wanted to let you know that I think you're doing an awesome job. You are so friendly and enthusiastic, and you are so passionate and dedicated to what you do. I've talked to a lot of other people and they feel the same way. You should be very proud of the work you're doing here, and I'm really glad I've had the chance to work with you. You rock."
You should have seen the look on her face. She totally didn't see that coming. I like to call it a 'hit and run' compliment. She was really touched, though, and I think it helped her feel a little more secure in her abilities.
Feeling very good about my drive-by sunshine sharing, I came across our office cleaning lady later that day. Now, this woman is absolutely fantastic. She is so friendly and always has a bright smile and hello for everyone who walks by. We've kind of adopted her. Here's another person I think very highly of - does she know how important she is? Well, guess what I did? Drive by number 2:
"Hi. I just want you to know how great it felt to come to an office that was so clean and smelled so fresh. What a wonderful way to start a Monday morning. You do such a great job here. Every time I see you, it makes my day because you are so smiley and great to be around."
Another shocked victim.
Who will stop me? When will it end?? I was seriously starting to believe that something was wrong with me until I read this. Maybe it's just something in the air?