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A reminder

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I said goodbye to a friend today. No, she didn’t die, but she is retiring from her job here. She worked in another building from me, but had helped me with a job problem; she always seemed to say the right thing just when you needed to hear it, just when you thought you couldn’t take any more.

It doesn’t seem possible that I won’t be seeing those e-mails she was charged with sending out every day, her name in the ‘from’ line always bringing a smile. I won’t cross paths with her when we both, separately, take our walks in the halls on a rainy day, her kind smile always shining like the sun. I won’t see her at meetings or training sessions anymore.

She worked up at headquarters, but always had time for those of us at the very, very bottom of the pecking order. She is a living reminder that every kind word you say can change a life.
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    Thoughtful and well expressed. It's something I tell my girls often. You never know when you're going to be that one smile or that one kind gesture that someone really needed in their day.

    1987 days ago
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    1987 days ago
    Isn't it amazing how people touch our lives in so many ways. Obviously, she left a "print" on your heart and hopefully you will pass along the qualities she shared with others at your workplace!
    1987 days ago

    Thanks for sharing!


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    1987 days ago
    emoticon Sorry. The actions of one person can really make a difference. I hope someone with kind and gentle ways wanders into your work life to help fill the void.
    1987 days ago
    So sorry you will need to say goodbye to your friend today. Perhaps you will find a way to connect outside of work? If not, the thought that came to mind is to be to others who she was to you...
    1987 days ago
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