This blog was written by: Mary Rau-Foster
This blog can be found here: www.workplaceissues.com/
In times of confusion, sorrow, frustration and fear, it is difficult to be aware of how one small deed can brush away the aforementioned feelings.
The inhumane chain effect of our interactions can be harmful communication and can cause others to experience the same negative emotions that we are feeling.
By the same token, the humane chain of our interactions can rescue others from their negative emotions and fears.
Just one small deed at the beginning of the humane chain can be life-changing, or perhaps life-saving, for people all along the chain.
She smiled at a sorrowful stranger.
The smile seemed to make him feel better.
He remembered past kindness of a friend
And wrote him a thank you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank you
That he left a large tip after lunch.
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,
Gave part to a man on the street.
The man on the street was grateful;
For two days he'd had nothing to eat.
After he finished his dinner,
He left for his small dingy room.
He didn't know at that moment
That he might be facing his doom.
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy
And took him home to get warm.
The puppy was very grateful
To be in out of the storm.
That night the house caught on fire.
The puppy barked the alarm.
He barked till he woke the whole household
And saved everybody from harm.
One of the boys that he rescued
Grew up to be President.
All this because of a simple smile
That hadn't cost a cent.
Written by: Barbara Hauck
Affirmation for the Week:
"I am part of a humane chain and I am doing my part to make it a life-changing chain."
A part of my job is orientating people to answer the phones. One of things I always stress is smiling when they talk. Believe me, it can be picked up in your voice even though you are not face-to-face.
Next time you speak with someone smile even though they aren't in front of you. It will matter to you and to them.