Posts Tagged ‘make someone’s day’

Chocolates at Christmas

December 26, 2010

A week ago, after the Sunday service at the Self-Realization Fellowship temple in Encinitas, my friend Laurie Baum was looking for two little chocolate-loving souls she knew from Sunday School who would appreciate the little transparent bags of Christmas goodies she had assembled to commit random acts of chocolate. Spotting their parents, she approached the family as they exited the temple. When Laurie offered the three-year-old boy a bag, he lit up like a Christmas tree. Accepting it joyfully, he raised (more…)

“You’re Really Good at What You Do”

October 26, 2010

At the post office today, I was helped by a clerk who has always been unfailingly courteous, professional and friendly. Her articulate English and Chinese accent told me that she’d worked hard to learn the language and make a life for herself in a foreign country, a difficult and often under-appreciated accomplishment and one that I cannot even begin to imagine tackling myself.

As she handed me my change, I told her, “You know, I’ve been (more…)

I’m Thinking Of You

October 25, 2010

The other day I left a quick voicemail for a woman who I’ve come to know. She had been planning and organizing a huge annual event for many months and it was the night before the big day. I just wanted to wish her good luck and say that I hope the event was everything she hoped it would be.

Who can you think of right now that could use a few words of encouragement and support? Who can you affirm in the next five minutes that would appreciate hearing a few friendly words? Why not take two or three minutes to give them a quick call or fire off a one-line e-mail?

Would you appreciate being (more…)

Go Ahead, Make Their Day!

July 8, 2009

two-women-talking-and-smilingMore than a decade ago, I was one of many writers at a Minneapolis catalog company. One of the art directors there, an older fellow, was a bit quirky and not very social. One day, I called out to him as he passed by my cubicle. I had just been paired with him on an assignment for the first time and I had been impressed with his work ethic. When he stopped and turned toward me, I said, “Jim, I just wanted to say I appreciate your conscientiousness. I enjoyed working with you because you weren’t satisfied until everything was as perfect as you could make it.”

For a moment, he was silent. When he had regained his composure, he thanked me and said that his father had taught him to always give his very best effort. I got the impression that no one had ever complimented him quite like that before and that my two simple sentences carried more weight than I could imagine.

Let’s turn the tables. How would you feel if (more…)

Be an Email Angel

October 23, 2008

computer-with-heart-screenHow would you like to do something extraordinary today? Just send this email to everyone on your list. I don’t mean as a group email, I mean one email at a time. It won’t take you long. Just keep cutting and pasting the same message—but be sure to personalize each email with the person’s name. (Granted, it may not be appropriate for everyone on your list. Use your discretion.)

SUBJECT LINE:
An important reminder

BODY OF E-MAIL:
NAME, never forget that you (more…)